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By Orlando Cepeda

Orlando Cepeda loved a stellar baseball occupation within the past due fifties and during the sixties, yet after it resulted in the mid-seventies, his lifestyles fell aside. In Baby Bull, Cepeda stocks his tale for the 1st time. He displays on his baseball profession and stocks his twenty-year fight to rebuild his lifestyles and regain his acceptance.

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He remembered my father well. He died just a short time before his Hall of Fame selection and was honored posthumously. I recall the first game I ever listened to on the radio. It was 1944, and I was seven years old. It was an All-Star Game between Puerto Rico and Cuba, and my father was on the Puerto Rican squad. I had heard about the Cuban All-Stars and a nineteen-year-old third baseman in particular who was born and raised on a sugar plantation. His name was Orestes Minoso. No one called him Minnie at that time.

Louis, for whatever reason, Orlando became one of the leaders on our ballclub. Bob Gibson was the dominant force. Mike Shannon was a force in his own way, especially when he had the courage and guts to move from right field to third base. Roger Maris in his quiet way had a real influence on us winning two pennants and one World Series title. But it was Cepeda whose combined enthusiasm and charisma brought us that “we are a very good team” attitude. His enthusiasm and the strength of his personality was so dominant, he blended in perfectly with the rest of us.

One day Orlando wasn’t on time for the bus. We had an 8:00 game, and we were leaving at 4:15. Usually, the bus pulled out right on the mark. If you were not on it, then you’d have to find your own way to the ballpark. Orlando wasn’t there, and everyone knew that he always rode the bus. ” Gibson was pitching that night. Bob yelled, “We’re not going. Bussee, we’re not going anywhere until Cepeda’s here. ” He meant it, too. In the clubhouse after a win Orlando would get up on a trunk and spout something in Spanish.

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