Cepeda, Orlando

Orlando Manuel Cepeda Pennes
Born: September 17, 1937, Ponce, Puerto Rico
Played For: 
San Francisco Giants (1958-66), St. Louis Cardinals (1966-68), Atlanta Braves (1969-72), Oakland A's (1972), Boston Red Sox (1973), Kansas City Royals (1974)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1999

A powerful slugger during his 17-year Major League career, Orlando Manuel Cepeda Pennes withstood a series of knee injuries to become a seven-time National League All-Star. As a 20-year-old rookie with the Giants in 1958, the Baby Bull hit .312 with 25 home runs to earn unanimous National League Rookie of the Year honors. Nine years later, the Puerto Rican native compiled a league-leading 111 RBIs for the world champion Cardinals while becoming the first unanimous MVP in the National League since Carl Hubbell in 1936.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Orlando Cepeda's father, Pedro Perucho Cepeda, was a great Puerto Rican slugger who was known as the Babe Ruth of the Caribbean?
He is annoying every pitcher in the league. He is strong, he hits to all fields and he makes all the plays. He's the most relaxed first-year man I ever saw.
Willie Mays