Hank Izquierdo, the other Cuban from the Twins

Growing up in Wisconsin, our family was very passionate about the Minnesota Twins. Their roster included Cuban All Star players like Camilo Pascual, Tony Oliva, and Zoilo Versalles. It also included Hank Izquierdo, the “other cubano” in that 1967 Twins team eliminated on the last day of the season.   

He was born Enrique Roberto Valdes Izquierdo in Matanzas, Cuba. Hank bounced around professional baseball and finally got to the majors as a backup catcher in 1967: .269 in 16 games.   

Hank never played in the majors again and died in 2015.  

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  1. Don’t forget the other Cuban on the team, who also played in the World Series and in the Cuban Winter League.
    Hilario “Sandy” Valdespino was born on January 14, 1939, in San José de las Lajas, Mayabeque, Cuba. Valdespino was 26 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 12, 1965, with the Minnesota Twins.
    He died in the state of Georgia on February 26, 2023 at the age of 84

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