Saturday, June 29, 2024

RIP - Orlando Cepeda

Orlando Cepeda, the 1967 National League MVP, passed away on June 27, 2024 at age 86.
Cepeda debuted with the Giants in 1958, and won the Rookie of the Year award. 
He led the league in homers and RBI in 1961, and was an All-Star for his first 7 seasons with the Giants. 
After missing much of 1965 with injuries, he was traded to the Cardinals during the following season, and went on to lead the Cardinals to the World Series in 1967, winning the MVP. 
(Can you imagine if the Giants had kept Cepeda, eventually giving them a lineup featuring Cepeda, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Bobby Bonds, and Jim Ray Hart?) 
Before the 1969 season he was traded to the Braves for Joe Torre, and 3 years later to the Athletics for Denny McLain. 
He also played for the Red Sox and Royals.  

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