Stanley Burrell got his first break in 1973 at the age of 11. Stanley lived in Oakland, California with his eight siblings. To help his family earn money, Burrell danced and beat boxed with his brother in the parking lot before Oakland A’s baseball games. One day the team's owner, Charlie Finley, saw Burrell and his older brother Louis dancing and offered them bat boy jobs on the spot. Louis became an actual bat boy. But Finley took such a liking to Stanley that he created a special job for the boy. Since Finley lived in Chicago, he missed many games. So he had Stanley call him on the phone and given him play by play of the games. He became so instrumental that Finley started calling him his “Executive Vice President.” Some players called him “Pipeline,” since he was the conduit to the boss. A few other players noticed he looked and swung like “Hammerin’” Hank Aaron, then the all time home run leader. So they started calling Burrell “Little Hammer” or “Hammer” for short. That name stuck. After Stanley's dream of playing professional baseball was smashed--he tried out for several teams but got no interest--he went back to his dancing roots. After borrowing $20,000 from two A’s players, Stanley started his own record label and self-produced an album, which he then sold to Capital Records for a whopping $1.75 million advance. MC Hammer's first album sold over 50 million records worldwide!