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Perucho Cepeda

1906 - 55

Destined for Cooperstown had MLB not had a "color problem," this slugging shortstop was 32 years old when the Puerto Rican Windter League kicked off its inaugural season. Cepeda demonstrated his batting prowess by hitting an unbelievable .465 to win the first batting title. He also won batting titles the next two years, averaging .383. Cepeda turned down numerous offers to play in the U.S. Negro Leagues, figuring that his volatile temper and racial tensions in the states would only get him into trouble. When he retired in 1950, he had a career average of .325.


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