Orlando Cepeda

Orlando Cepeda autograph
Birthdate 9/17/1937
Death Date
Debut Year 1958
Year of Induction 1999
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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Orlando Cepeda was the Rookie of the Year in '58

Orlando Cepeda was the Rookie of the Year in '58

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,
In 1969 Cepeda was traded straight up for Joe Torre

In 1969 Cepeda was traded straight up for 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 Most Valuable Player. The Cardinals in return gained Torre who won the MVP two years later. Th
Two years before the trade Cepeda was the MVP

Two years before the trade Cepeda was the MVP

Orlando Cepeda was traded to the Braves just two seasons removed from his MVP year of 1967. The ’67 season marked the last of Cepeda’s 11 All Star appearances. After the deal he did have productive seasons. In ’69 and ’73 he received support in MVP balloting. In 1970 he hit .
Torre is the only man with 2,000 hits and 2,000 managerial wins

Torre is the only man with 2,000 hits and 2,000 managerial wins

Traded straight up for Cepeda before the 1969 season, Joe Torre enjoyed 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 each season. His finest season came with the Cards in 1971 when he was the league’s b

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