Accents on jerseys show diversity of MLB rosters
Like Peña, Treviño’s uniforms typically featured the tilde above the ‘n,’ and similarly, there was not much made of him doing so. Also like Peña, technology could not keep up with the way the Mexico-born Treviño preferred to spell his surname.
Howard Kleinberg, editor of The Miami News, wrote in his June 11, 1988, column that “[w]hen Houston Astros baseball player Alex Treviño appears in the box scores it is without the ñ because the wire service we use cannot transmit an ñ.”
Cedeño had a solid 17-year major league career, mostly as a center fielder with the Houston Astros. However, it was not until he joined the Cincinnati Reds just before the 1982 season that his name featured a tilde over the “n.” In one photo, it even appears as though the tilde had been mistakenly placed above the “o” in his surname.
Finishing his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1986, Cedeño was teammates with Treviño and pitcher Alejandro Peña, who himself would have a steady 15-year major league tenure primarily as a reliever, mostly while wearing the tilde in his name.
The trio’s common trait led then-Mets broadcaster Tim McCarver to quip that the Dodgers “lead the league in tildes.”
Cuban Rey Ordóñez debuted with the Mets in 1996 sporting a tilde in his name on his uniform top. A 2001 Mets uniform of his, featuring the tilde, is in the Hall of Fame’s collection.
Matt Rothenberg is the manager of the Giamatti Research Center at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum