Happy #80 to Joe Azcue

José Joaquín Azcue López was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba, on this day in 1939.

He played in the pre-Castro Cuban league and then the majors.

Azcue broke with the Reds in 1960 and developed a reputation as a good defensive catcher. 

In 1963, he was traded to Cleveland where he enjoyed some good seasons.

In 1968, he was named to the AL All Star team, along with fellow Cuban teammate Luis Tiant who started the game.

Azcue hit .252 over 909 games.    

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