Thursday, July 15, 2010

#59 Julio Navarro

Julio (Ventura) Navarro (Whiplash)
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 175 lb.
Born: January 9, 1936 in Vieques, P.R.
Debut: September 3, 1962 Los Angeles Angels
Final Game: September 9, 1970 Atlanta Braves
Years with the Angels: 1962-1964

Aquired by purchase by the Los Angeles Angels from the San Francisco Giants on September 2, 1962.
Later traded by the Los Angeles Angels to the Detroit Tigers for Willie Smith on April 28, 1964.

Entered the game in the bottom of the 5th as relief for starter Ted Bowsfield. First batter he faced, Tom Tresh, singled to center. Went 3 innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits in an eventual 6-5 win against the Yankees on Monday, September 3, 1962 (D) at Yankee Stadium.

Appeared in 71 games and went 5-6 with 13 saves and a 3.05 ERA as a reliever.

-Made his debut at Yankee Stadium in front of 56,964, largest crowd that year.
-Father of pitcher Jaime Navarro.
-Only man from the island of Vieques (east of Puerto Rico) to play in the majors.
-Played for Los Angeles, Detroit, and Atlanta.
-Career spanned 20 summers from 1955 to 1974, the last three in Mexico.
-Played during 22 winters in Puerto Rico, ending in the 1976-77 season.
-Tied for second in league history for longest career with Juan Beniquez, Juan Pizarro, and Hector Valle. Only Ruben Gomez (29) played more.
-Was a scout for the Chicago Cubs from 1980 to 1985 and a coach in the Atlanta Braves system in 1988.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent post, Tom. Your customized index cards ROCK! I'd think every Halo would sign for you. It's obvious you're a sincere fan. Julio knew. A standing O for you!

    Tom Owens