Happy # 86 Camilo Pascual

The great Camilo Pascual was born in Havana, Cuba on this day in 1934. Camilo pitched most his career for the original Washington Senators who became the Minnesota Twins in 1961.

As a Senator, Pascual pitched for very bad teams. It got better when the team moved to Minnesota and the Twins became a perennial contender with a young Harmon Killebrew, power hitter Bob Allison, the very good lefty Jim Kaat, and fellow Cubans Tony Oliva and Zoilo Versalles.

His numbers were great with the Twins: 20-11 in 1962 and 20-9 in 1963. He led the league in strikeouts 3 years in a row. In other words, he was one of the best right handed pitchers in baseball.

Overall, he won 176 games with a very good 3.63 career ERA. He would have easily won 230 games with a better team!

We say happy birthday to one of my heroes. I don’t know what Camilo is doing these days, but I read a few years ago he was scouting for the Twins in Latin America.

Happy birthday to the great Camilo. I hope that you really enjoy your birthday!

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