See What They Look Like Now: Little League sensation Danny Almonte

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Bronx hurler Danny Almonte of the Rolando Paulino All-Stars

That's right, it's Danny Almonte.

In the summer of 2001, a major controversy led to the disqualification of the Bronx baseball team from the Little League World Series. At the center of the drama was a quiet 14-year-old kid who was exposed by Sports Illustrated as being too old to have competed in the tournament.

The story instantly caught national attention, and after lighting up the radar gun and tossing a perfect game in the 2001 Little league World Series, his team was forced to forfeit its wins.

ESPN made a mini-documentary 12 years after the fact entitled 'Kid Danny' in which Almonte finally tells the truth about one of the strangest chapters in youth sports history -- as ESPN put it, a hoax that would forever change the way people view amateur athletics in America.

Check out the documentary here.

What's he doing now? Almonte, 28, still loves the game and serves as an assistant coach on the Cardinal Hayes High School baseball team in the Bronx.

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393788 05: Danny Almonte (C) and other members of the Rolando Paulino All-Stars Bronx Little League baseball team hold their keys to the city during a ceremony honoring the team August 28, 2001 in New York City. The team, which finished third in the Little League World Series, was presented with the keys by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. A document has recently surfaced which states that Almonte is 14 years old, two years older than league rules allow. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
393788 01: Danny Almonte of the Rolando Paulino All-Stars Bronx Little League baseball team looks at coach Rolando Paulino during a ceremony honoring the team August 28, 2001 in New York City. The team, which finished third in the Little League World Series, was presented with keys to the city by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. A Sport Illustrated magazine story released August 27, 2001 claims to have unearthed birth documents that prove that Almonte is actually two years older than his team claims, and therefore would have been ineligible to play Little League. If the charges are proved to be correct, the Bronx team would be forced to forfeit its third-place victory. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2001: Rolando Paulino All-Stars' pitcher Danny Almonte (left) and catcher Francisco Pe??a clown around before the game at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, Pa. The Baby Bombers later lost the U.S. championship game to Apopka, Fla., 8-2, to end their hopes of winning the 2001 Little League World Series. (Photo by David Handschuh/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2001: Rolando Paulino All-Stars' ace pitcher Danny Almonte is interviewed for Spanish radio during a practice session in Williamsport, Pa. before facing Oceanside Calif., in the U.S. semifinals of the Little League World Series. Almonte hurled a one-hitter as the Baby Bombers won to advance to the U.S. championships. (Photo by Corey Sipkin/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2001: Rolando Paulino All-Stars' Kenny Espinal, Reynaldo Guaba, Danny Almonte and Tommy Guzman (l. to r.) relax during a break in the game against Florida team Apopka National at Little League Volunteer Stadium in Williamsport, Pa. Almonte pitched a perfect game - only the third in Series history - to lead his team to a 5-0 victory in the first game of the 2001 Little League World Series. (Photo by Corey Sipkin/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2001: Players of the Rolando Paulino All-Stars wave to their fans during a parade honoring them on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. Crowds turned out to cheer the Baby Bombers, who finished third in the Little League World Series, despite controversy over the age of Danny Almonte, the team's ace pitcher. (Photo by Todd Maisel/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2001: Pitcher Danny Almonte of the Rolando Paulino All-Stars jumps into the arms of manager Alberto Gonzalez as Johnelvis Ortiz (right) waits to to hug his teammate. Almonte threw a no-hitter and struck out 16 batters in game against State College, Pa., at Bristol, Conn. The boys from the Bronx won, 2-0, in the Mid-Atlantic final and now head to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., to take on the Southeast representative from Apopka, Fla. (Photo by Corey Sipkin/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2001: Danny Almonte of the Rolando Paulino All-Stars fires a pitch in game against State College, Pa., at Bristol, Conn. Almonte threw a no-hitter and struck out 16 batters as the boys from the Bronx won, 2-0, in the Mid-Atlantic final. They now head to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., to take on the Southeast representative from Apopka, Fla. (Photo by Corey Sipkin/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 20: Danny Almonte (in hat) cheers for the Harlem Little League team with former teammates from the Rolando Paulino All-Stars during Little League World Series game against team from Aptos., Ca., at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, Pa. The 15-year-old pitcher was exposed as an overage ringer last year, causing his team to be disqualified from the series. (Photo by Corey Sipkin/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 01: Danny Almonte works out at James Monroe High School in the Bronx, where he took part in his first varsity baseball practice this morning. Although Almonte is just a freshman, he's on track to join the Eagles, Monroe's high school baseball team, this year as their fourth pitcher. The lanky left-hander, whose fastball was recently clocked at 83 mph, caused controversy at the 2001 Little League World Series when an investigation proved him to be 14, two years older than the age limit set for Little League players. (Photo by Mike Albans/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 17: High School Sports, Danny Almonte pitchers for Monroe High School. (Photo by John Roca/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
May 22, 2007 - O'Fallon, MO, USA - Frontier League Professional Baseball: Southern Illinois Miners DANNY ALMONTE against the River City Rascals on May 20, 2007 at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex in O'Fallon, Mo. (Photo by Albert Dickson/Sporting News via Getty Images)
May 22, 2007 - O'Fallon, MO, USA - Frontier League Professional Baseball: Southern Illinois Miners DANNY ALMONTE against the River City Rascals on May 20, 2007 at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex in O'Fallon, Mo. (Photo by Albert Dickson/Sporting News via Getty Images)
May 22, 2007 - O'Fallon, MO, USA - Frontier League Professional Baseball: Southern Illinois Miners DANNY ALMONTE against the River City Rascals on May 20, 2007 at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex in O'Fallon, Mo. (Photo by Albert Dickson/Sporting News via Getty Images)
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