We remember Marcelino Lopez (1943-2001)

Marcelino Lopez was born in Havana, Cuba on this day in 1943. He died in Miami in 2001.

In 1965, 21-year old Marcelino was second in the AL Rookie of the Year vote. He won 14, lost 13 and finished the year with a 2.93 ERA. It was a great year for the young Cuban lefthander.

A few years later, Marcelino played with the Orioles and pitched in the post-season. In 1971, he pitched with the Brewers and later the Indians.

His career ended in 1972 and I’m not sure what he did in the Miami area after he left baseball.

Nevertheless, we remember the young Cuban lefty who shared the Los Angeles sports pages with Sandy Koufax in 1965.

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