The Orlando Cepeda Story

The Orlando Cepeda Story

by Bruce Markusen


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Sports. Young Adult. Latino/Latina Studies. When Orlando Cepeda began playing major league baseball in 1958, the San Francisco Giants' farm director compared the newly acquired player to the great Willie Mays. That same year, Cepeda slammed his way into a major league career that would last nearly twenty years and span six team assignments. The son of Latin American baseball star Perucho "The Bull" Cepeda, "The Baby Bull" hoped to surpass his father's fame in his native Puerto Rico, but he accomplished far more. This biography tells the story of the second player in major league history unanimously elected both Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player, in spite of the racism and alienation he experienced. It charts Cepeda's torturous route to being inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558853331
Publisher: Arte Publico Press
Publication date: 11/28/2001
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Birth of The Baby Bull1
Chapter 2Land of Segregation9
Chapter 3Home of the Giants15
Chapter 4The Second Season23
Chapter 5Trouble with the Boss27
Chapter 6A Clubhouse Divided39
Chapter 7Two's a Crowd at First Base49
Chapter 8Starring in St. Louis59
Chapter 9Trying to Repeat71
Chapter 10A Trade of Superstars77
Chapter 11Injured in Atlanta87
Chapter 12Saved by a Rule97
Chapter 13The Beantown Basher101
Chapter 14Last Stop, Kansas City105
Chapter 15Trouble with the Law113
Chapter 16Waiting for the Call to the Hall123
Orlando Cepeda's Career Statistics127
List of Sources129

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Guest More than 1 year ago
The author does a commendable job of explaining to a young audience how Orlando Cepeda made a mistake that cost him the respect of his home country and how he worked to regain the people's trust.