Donaldson making A's fans in Alabama

Josh Donaldson, 3B, Athletics
Hometown: Daphne, Ala.

Josh Donaldson was born in Pensacola, Fla., but he found his home as an athlete and as a person in Alabama.

Donaldson transferred from Florida's Pace High School after his sophomore year to Faith Academy in Mobile, Ala., 80 miles from home. There, he played baseball and football, and he was the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year in Alabama in his senior season.

Donaldson stayed in Alabama to attend Auburn University, where he made the All-Region Tournament Team in 2005. He still lives in Daphne, Ala., during the offseason -- about two miles from his mother, Lisa.

Aaron Leibowitz is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.