Avila, Roberto Francisco
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.
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