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.