Orlando Cepeda

Puerto Rican Baseball Player
Born Sep 17, 1937

Orlando Manuel "Peruchin" Cepeda Pennes is a former Puerto Rican Major League Baseball first baseman. Cepeda was born to a poor family. His father, Pedro Cepeda, was a baseball player in Puerto Rico, which influenced his interest in the sport from a young age. His first contact with professional baseball was as a batboy for the Santurce Crabbers of Puerto Rico. Pedro Zorilla, the team's owner persuaded his family to let him attend a New York Giants tryout.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Orlando Cepeda.


1937 Birth Born on September 17, 1937.
1946 8 Years Old Cepeda saw his father play baseball for the first time in 1946, and was instantly interested in the game. … Read More


1955 17 Years Old In 1955, Zorilla persuaded Cepeda's family to purchase an airplane ticket so that he could participate in a New York Giants tryout. … Read More
1957 19 Years Old …  After completing the 1957 season with the Millers, he returned to Puerto Rico and played in the LBPPR. … Read More


1958 20 Years Old Cepeda was called up by the San Francisco Giants in. His 13 home runs for the season through May 31, 1958, are tied with those of Joc Pederson (2015) for the second-most by a National League rookie through the end of May in baseball history, behind Albert Pujols (16, in 2001). … Read More
1959 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1959, Cepeda reported to spring training with more confidence than the year before. … Read More
1960 22 Years Old On December 3, 1960, Cepeda married Annie Pino in a ceremony that took place in a small church of San Juan. … Read More
1961 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1961, Cepeda had what he considers the best statistics of his career. … Read More
1963 25 Years Old During the winter, Cepeda returned to the LBPPR, where he suffered a knee injury while training. In 1963, he played the entire MLB season with the injury, not informing the Giants out of concern for his spot in the roster. … Read More
1965 27 Years Old Cepeda attended the 1965 spring training, having limited participation. … Read More
1966 28 Years Old In the off-season Cepeda also brought a house in Diamond Heights while his wife was pregnant with his first son, Orlando, Jr. After recovering from the injury he attended 1966 spring training, however he wasn't placed in the team's starting lineup. … Read More
1967 29 Years Old …  Cepeda, who had a low average in the 1967 World Series, hit a home run that gave the Cardinals a two games to one lead. … Read More


1969 - 1970 2 More Events
1971 33 Years Old In 1971, Cepeda began the season with a solid offensive, hitting 10 home runs before May was over. … Read More
1972 34 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1972, Cepeda began playing while still feeling pain.
1973 35 Years Old Cepeda tried a comeback in the LBPPR, but noticed that his body couldn't perform well, opting to retire instead. After retiring, he began experiencing several personal problems. He and Pino divorced in 1973, Cepeda had other relationships outside of wedlock, from which one son, Carl Cepeda, was born. After the couple separated, he met Nydia Fernandez, who was from Carolina, Puerto Rico. The couple married in 1975, fathering two children, Malcom and Ali. … Read More


1978 40 Years Old In 1978, after three days at trial, Cepeda was declared guilty of the drug possession charges and sentenced to five years of imprisonment. … Read More
1983 45 Years Old Cepeda began practicing Nichiren Buddhism as a member of the Buddhist association Soka Gakkai International in 1983. … Read More
1987 49 Years Old In 1987, Max Shapiro asked him to substitute for McCovey in a "fantasy baseball camp" in San Francisco, and although reluctuant at first, he accepted. … Read More


1989 51 Years Old Cepeda threw the honorary first pitch for the third game of the 1989 National League Championship Series, and also for a regular season game between the Giants and Dodgers on September 17, 1997, his 60th birthday. … Read More
1994 56 Years Old In 1994, his last year of eligibility by voting, he came within seven votes of being elected. … Read More


2001 63 Years Old In 2001, he won the Ernie Banks Positive Image Lifetime Achievement Award. … Read More
2008 70 Years Old 1 More Event
…  On September 6, 2008, the Giants unveiled a statue of Cepeda next to the installation. … Read More
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