Cepeda ties record with four-double game
When the American League implemented the designated hitter in 1973, it became a land of opportunity for aging sluggers whose days in the field were numbered.
One such veteran, the 35-year-old Orlando Cepeda whose chronic knee injury had limited him to 31 games the year before, and who had spent his first 15 seasons in the National League, signed with the Red Sox for about $60,000.
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Cepeda finished the season with 25 doubles and was the inaugural Designated Hitter of the Year (now titled the Edgar Martinez Award). He would play one more season – 1974 with the Royals – before retiring and entering the Hall of Fame in 1999.
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