Baseball Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda Dies at Age 86: Giants Legend and 1967 MVP Passes Away 10 Days After Teammate Willie Mays

Baseball Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda Dies at Age 86
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Orlan¬≠do Cepe¬≠da, a beloved base¬≠ball icon and Hall of Famer, has passed away at the age of 86 ‚ÄĒ just 10 days after the death of his long¬≠time team¬≠mate and fel¬≠low Giants great, Willie Mays.

Cepe¬≠da, known as the ‚ÄúBaby Bull,‚ÄĚ was the unan¬≠i¬≠mous Nation¬≠al League MVP in 1967, lead¬≠ing the St. Louis Car¬≠di¬≠nals to a World Series cham¬≠pi¬≠onship that year.

Cepe­da spent the first nine sea­sons of his 17-year MLB career with the San Fran­cis­co Giants, where he won the Rook­ie of the Year award in 1958. He went on to become an 11-time All-Star, club­bing 379 home runs and dri­ving in 1,365 runs over his illus­tri­ous career.

The Giants orga¬≠ni¬≠za¬≠tion held a moment of silence before their game on Fri¬≠day to hon¬≠or Cepeda‚Äôs mem¬≠o¬≠ry. ‚ÄúThis is tru¬≠ly a sad day for the San Fran¬≠cis¬≠co Giants,‚ÄĚ said team pres¬≠i¬≠dent and CEO Lar¬≠ry Baer. ‚ÄúFor all of Orlan¬≠do‚Äôs extra¬≠or¬≠di¬≠nary base¬≠ball accom¬≠plish¬≠ments, it was his gen¬≠eros¬≠i¬≠ty, kind¬≠ness and joy that defined him. No one loved the game more.‚ÄĚ

Cepeda‚Äôs pass¬≠ing came just 10 days after the death of his long¬≠time friend and team¬≠mate, Willie Mays, who died on June 18 at the age of 93. The two Giants icons were beloved by base¬≠ball fans for their prodi¬≠gious tal¬≠ents and larg¬≠er-than-life per¬≠son¬≠al¬≠i¬≠ties that helped grow the game‚Äôs pop¬≠u¬≠lar¬≠i¬≠ty in the 1950s and 60s.

Orlan­do Cepeda’s lega­cy as a Hall of Famer, MVP, and Giants leg­end will endure, as the base­ball world mourns the loss of anoth­er all-time great.

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