Nine to Know: There’s Something About Sandy

by Bill Chuck on October 31, 2012

Here are nine baseball Sandys.

  1. Sandy Alomar – Santos Alomar had a 15-year major league career as a second baseman and shortstop, but perhaps he’s best known as the father of Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar and future manager Sandy Alomar, Jr. Papa Sandy started his career with the Milwaukee Braves in 1964 and before his career ended in 1978 with Texas, Sandy had played for the Angels, White Sox and the Mets and Yankees. Alomar played in 648 consecutive games between 1969 and 1973 for the Angels. He was named to the 1970 AL All-Star team, but he did not play.
  2. Sandy Alomar, Jr. – Santos, Jr. was a catcher for the San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Mets in his 20-year career between 1988 and 2007. He made six All-Star teams and in 1997, as an Indian, was the Game’s MVP when he hit the game-winning homer at the Jake in Cleveland. He is a member of the Tribe’s Hall of Fame.
  3. Sandy Amoros – Edmundo was born in Cuba and played in the majors for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Tigers from 1952 to 1960. amoros his 42 homers and .260 for the Dodgers, but there isn’t a Brooklyn Dodger fan who will ever minimize Amoros’ contribution to the only Brooklyn world championship in 1955. In the 6th inning of Game 7 of the Series, leading the Yankees 2-0, the left-handed Amorós came into the game as a defensive replacement moving Jim Gilliam from left to second base in place of Don Zimmer. With runners on first and second, no one out, Yogi Berra sliced an opposite-field shot toward the left field corner but the speedy Amorós running at full speed extended his gloved right hand to catch the ball, somehow managed to stop and throw the ball to shortstop Pee Wee Reese, who threw to first where Gil Hodges doubled up Gil McDougald. The Dodgers held on to win 2-0 and capture their only championship flag. The following year, Amoros also played in a 2-0 World Series game, this time on the losing end as he went 0-3 in Don Larsen‘s perfect game.
  4. Sandy Consuegra – Sandalio pitched in the majors from 1950 to 1957, primarily out of the bullpen. He had a record of 51-32 and an ERA of 3.37. In 1954, he was an All-Star with the White Sox and led the league with a winning percentage of .84 after going 16-3 with a 2.69 ERA. Born in Cuba, Consuegra debuted with 1950 Washington Senators after having pitched for the Havana Cubans, a Washington minor league club.
  5. Sandy Vance – Gene Vance was a local Pasadena boy who was drafted by the Dodgers and pitched parts of two years for LA in 1970-71 going 9-8 with a 3.83 ERA. For Stanford, Vance went 17-3 with a 1.70 ERA, with 179 strikeouts over 163.2 innings in his only two seasons in 1967 and 1968. He pitched the Indians into the 1967 College World Series, going a perfect 11-0 with a 1.53 ERA.
  6. Sandy Martinez – Angel Sandy Martinez was a rarely used catcher who played parts of eight seasons in the majors, encompassing 218 games. He was a lifetime .230 hitter but was 1-for-1 in the postseason with a base hit off Greg Maddux of the Braves in Game 3 of the NLDS for the Cubs. On On May 6, 1998, Martinez caught Kerry Wood of the Cubs when Wood allowed one hit and struck out 20 Astros.
  7. Sandy Rosario and Sandy Leon – These are the only Sandys to play in the majors in 2012. Sandy Rosario pitched in four games for the Miami Marlins. He was claimed off the waiver wire by the Boston Red Sox on October 17. Sandy Leon caught 12 games for the Nationals this season starting nine. In his major league debut on May 14, 2012 he severely sprained his ankle and had to leave the game after four innings.
  8. Sandy Valdespino – The five foot, six inch Cuban born Hilario Valdespino got his “Sandy” nickname because one of his minor league managers said that he resembled Sandy Amoros. Valdespino played only six years in the majors (1965-71) but managed to play for the Twins, Braves, Astros, Seattle Pilots, the American League Milwaukee Brewers, and the Kansas City Royals. He made his Twins debut in 1965 after being signed by the Washington Senators before the 1957 season. He played for the Twins in 1965 World Series against the Dodgers and pinch-hit a 9th inning single in Game 5 against …
  9. Sandy Koufax. – C’mon, I don’t really need to tell you about one of the greatest lefties in baseball history do I?

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