Zoilo Casanova Versalles y Rodríguez was born on this day 1939 in Marianao, Cuba. He broke with the Senators (now the Twins) and became a pretty good shortstop in the early 1960’s.
In 1965, Versalles won the AL MVP and led the Twins to the World Series against the LA Dodgers: .273 with 19 HR & 77 RBI’s plus 42 doubles, 13 triples and 126 runs scored. It was a great season for the young man from Marianao, and one of the many who played in the Cuban winter league and later in the majors.
Zoilo died in 1995. In 2005, he was posthumously honored by induction into the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame.
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