Monday, April 26, 2010

#47 Felix Torres

Felix (Sanchez) Torres
Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 165 lb.
Born: May 1, 1932, in Ponce, P.R.
Debut: April 10, 1962 Los Angeles Angels
Final Game: October 3, 1964 Los Angeles Angels

Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels from the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1961 rule 5 draft on November 27, 1961.

Debuted in the bottom of the first as the starting 3rd baseman and handled Luis Aparicios groundout to start the inning. As the leadoff batter in the top of the 2nd he popped out to catcher Sherm Lollar against starter Juan Pizarro, and ended the day 0-4 in a 2-1 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday April 10, 1962, at White Sox Park.

1962 - 1964
Hit 27 home runs and 153 RBI with a .254 batting average but committed 52 errors in 365 games.

As the regular third baseman for the Angels from 1962 to 1964 Torres displayed better than average power hitting 11 home runs in 1962 and 12 in 1964, and hitting 32 doubles in 1963. He was almost 30 years old when he debuted with the Angels after playing in the Reds and Phillies farm systems since 1955. He retired after the 1964 season. His english wasn't very good. The book Viva Baseball! quotes an Angels trainer as saying that he once worked on Torres' left arm for a couple of days before discovering that it was the right one that was sore.

Felix Torres only baseball card is a high numbered card in the 1963 Topps series, one that I dont have.

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