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Avila, Roberto Francisco

Born: 1924 AD
Died: 2004 AD
Nationality: Mexican
Categories: Baseball Player

1924 – Born on April 2nd in Veracruz, Mexico. Three-time Major League Baseball All-Star and Hall of Famer who won the American League batting title.

         – He studied engineering at the University of Mexico, and considered becoming a matador.

1949-1958 – Made his major league debut on April 30th.

         – Second baseman with the American League’s Cleveland Indians.

         – Won the American League batting title (edging out batting great Ted Williams) and became the first Latino to win the batting crown.

1959 – Second baseman with the American League’s Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox and the National League’s Milwaukee Braves.

         – After retiring as a player, he became president of the Mexican League. He was active in politics, and was considered a possible candidate for president of Mexico.

2004 – Died of diabetes and a lung ailment on October 26th in Veracruz, Mexico.