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Luis Olmo passes away at 97.

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  • Luis Olmo passes away at 97.

    Luis Olmo a Brooklyn Dodgers outfielder for the 1943, 1944, 1945 and 1949 MLB seasons, has passed away in Puerto Rico at age 97. He had suffered recently from Alzheimer Disease. Olmo also spent two years with the Boston Braves in 1950 and 1951. He was one of a very few latinos playing major league baseball in the 1940s.
    Olmo had one all-star game-worthy year in 1945, but unfortunately that '45 season is the only year in the last 85 years when the all-star game was cancelled.
    Olmo hit .313, with 174 hits that year and had 110 RBI, with just 10 home runs. He also had 15 stolen bases, 27 doubles and he led the National League with 13 Triples.

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    Luis is a member of the Dodgers Hall of Fame. "El Jibaro" was from Arecibo and was the second Puerto Rican to play in the Majors after Hiram Bithorn. My dad was a pitcher for the Mayaguez semi-pro club that eventually became the Indios when the league became professional in 1937. One of the last things my dad did before he retired was to give up a long home run to Luis.

    Luis had a distinguished career as a player, coach, and manager. Dick Schaap said that he was his hero when he was a kid growing up in Brooklyn.


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