The Orlando Cepeda Story by Bruce Markusen

By Bruce Markusen

When Orlando "Cha Cha" Cepeda begun taking part in significant league baseball in 1958, the San Francisco Giants' farm director in comparison the newly obtained participant to the good Willie Mays, asserting that Cepeda was once the easiest younger participant he'd visible because the "Say howdy child" emerged. The Orlando Cepeda Story follows that sensational 12 months and people following while Cepeda slammed his manner right into a expert baseball profession that will final approximately 20 years and span six workforce assignments.

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As a result, the Dodgers held just a one-game lead on the Giants going into the final day of the season. With the National League pennant on the line, manager Alvin Dark decided that Orlando Cepeda couldn’t help the Giants in their last game. Dark felt his star first baseman was tired, exhausted from having played so many games during the regular season after another year of winter ball. 300 and belted 35 home runs for him during the season. Disappointed that he did not get the chance to contribute to his team’s most important game, Orlando sat down and cried.

P. cm. ) and index. ISBN 1-55885-333-2 1. Cepeda, Orlando. 2. Baseball players—Puerto Rico—Biography. I. Title. 48-1984. � 2001 by Bruce Markusen Printed in the United States of America 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 This book is dedicated to Rosa Miranda, who always showed care and love in raising me from my youngest days. Thank you, Rosa. Contents Introduction Chapter One Birth of The Baby Bull Chapter Two Land of Segregation Chapter Three Home of the Giants Chapter Four The Second Season Chapter Five Trouble with the Boss Chapter Six A Clubhouse Divided Chapter Seven Two’s a Crowd at First Base Chapter Eight Starring in St.

Ironically, the Giants had signed McCovey on the very same day they had signed Cepeda in 1955. Four years later, McCovey was now ready to move up to the major leagues. Unfortunately, he couldn’t play any position but first base. That position, of course, belonged to Cepeda. On July 30, the Giants recalled McCovey from their top farm team. Manager Bill Rigney asked Cepeda to move back to his original position of third base. Hoping that it would help the team, Orlando agreed to the move. He played the “hot corner” for four games, but made three errors and several other mistakes.

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