Hampered throughout his career by knee injuries, Orlando Cepeda still managed to build a Hall of Fame resume over a 17-year career. Rookie of the Year in 1958, MVP in 1967, seven-time All-Star, Cepeda also hit 46 home runs and had 142 RBIs in 1961, leading the league in both categories. After 8+ seasons with the San Francisco Giants, he went to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1966 and was a driving force in their Championship the following year. He would also hit two home runs in the 1968 World Series.
A hero in his native Puerto Rico, his nickname was “The Baby Bull,” a nod to his father Pedro Cepeda who was a star in the Puerto Rican Leagues.
January 19, 2014
White Plains, NY