Ron Santo voted into Hall of Fame

Ron Santo voted into Hall of Fame

DALLAS, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- The late Ron Santo, a longtime Chicago Cub who hit 342 home runs and won five Gold Gloves in a 15-year career, has been elected to baseball's Hall of Fame.

Torre, Santo, Wills make Hall of Fame bid

NEW YORK, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Former MVP and current Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Joe Torre is among 10 retired players making a bid this year for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Bobblehead shortage annoys Twins fans

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Outraged Minnesota Twins fans say that the team shortchanged them on bobblehead dolls of the 1965 American League champions.

No players chosen by Hall Vets Committee

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., March 2 (UPI) -- The Baseball Hall of Fame announced Wednesday that no candidates were elected to the hall by the Veterans Committee for the second straight year.

AL coaches named for All-Star Game

NEW YORK, June 18 (UPI) -- Minnesota's Ron Gardenhire and Jerry Manuel of the Chicago White Sox were named Wednesday as American League coaches for the 2003 All-Star Game.

Injury-plagued Karpotsev out again

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Baseball group adds no new members

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- No one made it into the National Baseball Hall of Fame Wednesday in balloting by the revamped Veterans Committee.

Hall of Fame announcement due Wednesday

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Marvin Miller and Joe Torre could be the first beneficiaries of the revamped voting procedures employed by the Baseball Hall of Fame's Veterans Committee.

Hispanidad: Cuban baseball deserves Fame

When baseball fans talk about Hispanic players prior to 1960, what they really mean are the Cubans, from an era when scouts prowling Latin America focused their attention on Havana, scouring the island for talented ballplayers. The era that saw 121 "Cuba
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Suzuki wins American League MVP

NEW YORK, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- After taking the major leagues by storm and
Tony Oliva

Tony Pedro Oliva (born Antonio Oliva Lopez Hernandes Javique on July 20, 1938 in Pinar del Río, Cuba) is a former Major League Baseball right fielder who played his entire career in the American League for the Minnesota Twins from 1962 to 1976. He batted left-handed and threw right-handed. His career was hampered by knee injuries, forcing him to become a designated hitter during his final four years of professional baseball.

Oliva was born in the Cuban province on Pinar Del Rio. He played baseball weekly with his father, brothers, and neighbors in a vacant lot near the Olivas' farm. Oliva's father, a former semi-professional player, instructed him, helping him become the best hitter in Pinar Del Rio. A scout for the Minnesota Twins noticed him and brought him to the United States to play professionally. He was reluctant to leave his mother, father, and nine siblings, but his father encouraged him to become "rich and famous" in America.

Oliva appeared in the Twins' final three spring training games, collecting seven hits in ten at bats. The Twins, however, had already filled their minor league rosters and released Oliva. Having nowhere else to go, Oliva traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina to train with a friend who played for a Minnesota Twins Class A farm team. His quick wrists, long frame, and "unharnessed power" impressed Charlotte manager Paul Howser. Howser placed a call and convinced the Twins to re-sign Oliva. Many newspapers reported that the 21 year old Tony Oliva was actually his 18 year old brother Pedro Oliva. However, the name Tony stuck and Oliva continued using the name, even going as far to officially change his name to Tony Pedro Oliva in the late 1990s.

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