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Orlando Manuel Cepeda

"Baby Bull" "Cha-Cha"

 
 
Orlando Manuel Cepeda Marker - main panel image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, December 17, 2020
1. Orlando Manuel Cepeda Marker - main panel
Inscription.  
San Francisco, N.L., 1958-1966, St. Louis, N.L., 1966-1968
Atlanta, N.L., 1969-1972, Oakland, A.L., 1972
Boston, A.L., 1973, Kansas City, A.L., 1974

A powerful first baseman and consistent run producer for 17 major league seasons, notwithstanding chronic knee problems. His ability to drive the ball with authority was respected and feared by the opposition. Unanimous selection for both the 1958 N.L. Rookie of the Year Award and 1967 MVP honors. The 11-time all-star led the N.L. in home runs (46) and RBI (142) in 1961. Batted 300 nine times and slugged 879 home runs. His stalwart leadership propelled his clubs to three World Series.

This is a replica of the official inscription created for Cepeda's Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 1999 that is on display at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York).

Rigney: "What's your assessment of Orlando?"
Lockman: "He's a few years away."
Rigney: "No! He's ready now!"
Lockmman: "A few years away... from the Hall of Fame."
Bill Rigney to Whitey Lockman, Spring Training 1958

"He is

Orlando Manuel Cepeda Marker - quotes panel image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, December 17, 2020
2. Orlando Manuel Cepeda Marker - quotes panel
annoying every pitcher in the league. He is strong, he hits to all fields, and he makes all the plays." - Willie Mays

HONORS
N.L. Rookie of the Year (1958), N.L. Most Valuable Player (1967)
All-Star (1959, 1960, 1961. 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967), Hall of Fame (1999)

"I've always regarded Orlando as the greatest right-handed true power hitter I ever saw in our day."
- Willie McCovey

"This is the best right-handed pure power hitter for a young player I've ever seen."
- Bill Rigney, 1958

(career batting statistics not transcribed)

 
Erected 2006.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Hispanic AmericansSports.
 
Location. 37° 46.788′ N, 122° 23.362′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of King Street and 2nd Street, on the right when traveling north on King Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94107, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gaylord Jackson Perry (a few steps from this marker); King Street (within shouting distance of this marker); The Garcia and Maggini Warehouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shipbuilding at Steamboat Point

Orlando Manuel Cepeda Marker - wide view, looking south on King Street image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, December 17, 2020
3. Orlando Manuel Cepeda Marker - wide view, looking south on King Street
The marker is visible here mounted to the base of Cepeda's statue, with a statue of Gaylord Perry also visible a few steps further down. A separate marker for Cepeda is also visible mounted to the wall behind him.
(about 400 feet away); Ghost Ship - Lydia (about 500 feet away); Southbeach Shoreline – 1852 (about 600 feet away); Whaling Out of San Francisco (about 700 feet away); Java House (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .
1. Orlando Cepeda (Wikipedia). Orlando Manuel "Peruchin" Cepeda Pennes (born September 17, 1937) is a Puerto Rican former Major League Baseball first baseman and a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The 1958 National League Rookie of the Year, Cepeda was voted the National League Most Valuable Player in 1967, the year that his team, the St. Louis Cardinals, won the World Series. Overall, he appeared in three World Series and was the first winner of the American League's Outstanding Designated Hitter Award in 1973. He batted .300 or better 9 times in the 14 seasons he appeared in over 100 games, much of it played in what is now called the "Second Deadball Era." (Submitted on December 25, 2020.) 

2. Orlando Cepeda: My Journey to the United States (Youtube, 2.5 mins). "Puerto Rican Hall of Famer, Orlando Cepeda reflects on his journey to becoming
Orlando Cepeda image. Click for full size.
photo courtesy of Baseball Digest (via Wikipedia), 1962
4. Orlando Cepeda
a legend in Major League Baseball." (Submitted on December 25, 2020.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 24, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 47 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 24, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   4. submitted on December 25, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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