Orlando Cepeda

Birthdate9/17/1937
Death Date
Debut Year1958
Year of Induction1999
Teams Athletics, Braves, Cardinals, Giants, Red Sox, Royals
Positions First Base, Left Field

Orlando Cepeda became the first player from Puerto Rico to start an All Star game in 1959. He would appear in seven Mid Summer Classics. 

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Official MLB document formalizing trade of MVPs and HoFers Orlando Cepeda & Joe Torre

Official MLB document formalizing trade of MVPs and HoFers Orlando Cepeda & Joe Torre

This official document dated March 17, 1969 formalizes the trade of Orlando Cepeda for Joe Torre. In the St. Patrick’s Day swap, the Braves gained Cepeda who two years earlier was the National League’s
Cepeda shown with his new time and his former team

Cepeda shown with his new time and his former team

Orlando Cepeda was traded to the Braves just two seasons removed from his MVP year of 1967. The ’67 season would mark the last of Cepeda’s 11 All Star appearances. Shown here are a pair of signed baseball cards before and after the Cardinals’ trade with the Braves.
HoFer Joe Torre, the man for whom Cepeda was traded

HoFer Joe Torre, the man for whom Cepeda was traded

Traded straight up for Cepeda before the 1969 season, Joe Torre would enjoy his best years with the Cardinals. In his first three campaigns in St. Louis, Torre averaged 204 hits and more than 112 runs batted in
Autographed Orlando Cepeda 1958 Topps rookie card

Autographed Orlando Cepeda 1958 Topps rookie card

Orlando Cepeda finished his first big league season with 25 homers, 96 runs batted in and a .312 average on his way to winning the Rookie of the Year Award. He also led the league with 38 doubles. It was a fitting start to a Hall of Fame career for the first baseman. Cepeda finished with 379 homers,

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