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Cubs News: Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda passes away


by - Senior Editor -

Hall of Fame first baseman Orlando "Baby Bull" Cepeda has passed away at the age of 86.

"Our beloved Orlando passed away peacefully at home this evening, listening to his favorite music and surrounded by his loved ones," his wife, Nydia, said in a statement. "We take comfort that he is at peace."

This has been a difficult month for MLB and the Giants as iconic generational player Willie Mays passed away on June 18.

Cepeda was an 11-time All-Star who had a .297 career average with 379 homers and 1,365 RBIs.

"Orlando Cepeda was one of the best hitters of his generation," said MLB commissioner Rob Manfred in a statement. "He starred for three historic National League franchises, and the 11-time All-Star played alongside Hall of Fame players throughout his career. Orlando was the 1958 National League Rookie of the Year when Major League Baseball debuted in San Francisco, where later 'The Baby Bull's' number 30 was retired. In 1967 he earned NL MVP honors during the St. Louis Cardinals' World Championship season.

"Orlando overcame challenges throughout his life to build a Hall of Fame career. This beloved figure from Puerto Rico was one of the many players of his era who helped turn baseball into a multicultural game. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to his family, his friends across our game, and his many fans in Puerto Rico, San Francisco, St. Louis, Atlanta and beyond."

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