13. Danny Almonte: That boy is no 12-year-old!

Danny Almonte always appeared to be a man playing a boys sports.  Turns out he was.

With a 75 per-hour fastball, Almonte struck out 62 of the 72 batters he faced and had a no-hitter in the Little League baseball tournament, guiding his team from Staten Island to the Little League World Series. 

Almonte became the toast of New York, even receiving a key to the city from Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Yet something always seemed a little off.  

At 5¿8, Almonte towered above his teammates, and his pitching acumen just didn¿t appear to be something that a 12-year-old could be capable.  It wasn¿t.

Two week after the end of the Little League World Series, Sports Illustrated revealed that Almonte was actually two years older than he claimed, which made him fourteen-years-old. 

Almonte was banned from playing in any other Little League game and his team was stripped of all their wins.

Danny Almonte always appeared to be a man playing a boys sports. Turns out he was. With a 75 per-hour fastball, Almonte struck out 62 of the 72 batters he faced and had a no-hitter in the Little League baseball tournament, guiding his team from Staten Island to the Little League World Series. Almonte became the toast of New York, even receiving a key to the city from Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Yet something always seemed a little off. At 5¿8, Almonte towered above his teammates, and his pitching acumen just didn¿t appear to be something that a 12-year-old could be capable. It wasn¿t. Two week after the end of the Little League World Series, Sports Illustrated revealed that Almonte was actually two years older than he claimed, which made him fourteen-years-old. Almonte was banned from playing in any other Little League game and his team was stripped of all their wins.

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