70 years of the arrival of the first Puerto Rican to the major leagues, Hiram Bithorn. Since then, Puerto Rican baseball players have made a lot of feats, many of them unique. Below is a sample of our contribution to the history of baseball.
Luis Rodriguez Olmo is one of nine players to hit home run and triple in a game, both with the bases loaded (May 18, 1945).
Orlando Cepeda is the only player in history to be selected Rookie of the Year (1958) and MVP (1967) are unanimous in the same league (National).
From 1901 to 1927, ten players stole the plate twice in one game. It was not until August 14, 1958 Victor Pellot matched the feat and since then nobody has done.
Joseph “Stick” James (Boston) was the first pitcher to hit home run in his first turn of World Series (1967), no less than against Bob Gibson (St. Louis). The following year, Mickey Lolich did the same. These are the only pitchers to perform the feat.
On April 8, 1993, Carlos Baerga became the first player to hit a home run to left-handed and right at the entrance. The feat was matched by Mark Bellhorn in 2002.
Ivan Rodriguez is the recipient with more games behind the plate (2.427), at bats (9.592), incogibles (2.844), doubles (572), extra-base hits (934), pickoffs (81) and Golden Gloves (13). It is also the recipient who has taken more times at least 50% of runners in a season with eight.
Javy Lopez is the recipient with more homers in a season with 43 set in 2003. In the American League, Ivan Rodriguez holds the record with 35 (1999).
The Molina brothers have made several deeds:
• Bengie and Jose are the only brothers to see action receiving a World Series with the same team and win (Angels of Anaheim 2002).
• Yadier Molina, Bengie and Jose, as the only brothers trilogy receptors in the history of baseball. They are also the only ones to be part of a World Series champion team.
• On July 16, 2010, Bengie became the only receiver in history to hit a grand slam in the cycle.
• Bengie and Yadier Molina are the only brothers to win Gold Gloves
Jorge Posada is the receiver with more home runs in history on both sides of the plate with eight.
Benito Santiago and Earl Battey share the record for most pickoffs in a year with 15.
Jorge Posada (2000) and Frank Grossin (1914) are the only receivers to run two double plays in one year without assistance.
Geovany Soto is the only receiver in the National League rookie to start an All-Star Game (2008)
Benito Santiago is the receiver hitting consecutive games with at least one hit with 34. It is also a mark for a rookie (1987).
Benito Santiago (34) and Sandy Alomar Jr. (30) are the only receivers that have connected at least thirty hit in consecutive games.
In 1984, Willie Hernandez became the second reliever to win the Cy Young Award and Most Valuable Player. Previously only Rollie Fingers (1981) had done and after this, Dennis Eckersly (1992).
Roberto Clemente and Willie Mays are more Rangers won Gold Gloves (12) and also the ones with 300 + lifetime.
Following Clement is one of two players to hit at least one hit in every game that participated in World Series (14). It is also one of seven to hit ten hits in two consecutive games (22 and 23 August 1970, five hits each day).
Second baseman Roberto Alomar is the most Gold Gloves won (10) and best fielding average in the AL with 987.
In 1998, Bernie Williams became the only man to win a batting championship, Gold Glove and a World Series that year.
Carlos Delgado is one of six players on to four consecutive homers in a game.
Carlos Beltran is one of nine players to hit three homers with the bases loaded in a month.
In the American League, Carlos Delgado and Joe Carter are most times they have connected three home runs a game (five times).
Felix Millan and Julio Cruz are two of three second basemen who have committed no errors in a game of 25 entries. The other is Ted Sizemore.
Puerto Rico is the only country except the United States in the World Series, the receivers of both teams are Puerto Ricans. In 2002, the brothers had Anaheim and San Francisco Molina Benito Santiago, and in 2006, Ivan Rodriguez (Detroit) and Yadier Molina (San Luis).