Ex-St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Orlando Cepeda is a Latin Baseball Hall of Famer.
Former St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Orlando Cepeda, who played for the club from 1966-68, was one of the initial 25 inductees into the new Latin Baseball Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held in Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic on Saturday, May 29.
The 62-year-old was known as “Cha-Cha” or “Baby Bull” during his 17 major league seasons with six clubs. The native of Puerto Rico was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 1999.
Honorees were divided into three groups:
- Cooperstown Historic — Roberto Clemente (Puerto Rico), Juan Marichal (Dominican), Luis Aparicio (Venezuela), Rod Carew (Panama), Orlando Cepeda (Puerto Rico), Atanasio “Tony” Pérez (Cuba), Martín Dihigo (Cuba), Jose de la Caridad Méndez (Cuba), Cristóbal Torriente (Cuba), Alejandro Pompez (Cuba), Eloy “Buck” Canel (Argentina), Jaime Jarrin (Ecuador), Rafael (Felo) Ramirez (Cuba).
- Veterans Committee (active before 1959) — Pancho Coimbre (Puerto Rico), Beto Ávila (México), Alfonso Carrasquel (Venezuela), Tetelo Vargas (Dominican), Orestes Miñoso Cuba), Bobby Maduro (Cuba).
- Permanent Induction Committee (active after 1959) — Roberto Alomar (Puerto Rico), Dave Concepción (Venezuela), Felipe Alou (Dominican), Camilo Pascual (Cuba), Hector Espino (Mexico), Peter O’Malley (USA, Tommy Lasorda Award, outstanding non-Latino personality).