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Jose Cruz
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Baseball Player
    (August 8, 1947- )
    Born in Arroyo, Puerto Rico
    Nicknamed 'Cheo'
    Outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals (1970–1974), Houston Astros (1975–1987) and the New York Yankees (1988)
    Two All-Star selections (1980, 1985)
    Led the NL in hits (1983)
    Won two Silver Slugger Awards as an outfielder (1983-1984)
    First base coach for the Houston Astros (1997-2007, 2008-2009)
    Bench coach for the Houston Astros (2007)
    He constantly committed errors as a left fielder.
    Despite hitting a .400 batting average in the 1980 NLCS, the Astros lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in 5 games.
    Despite hitting a pinch-hit grand slam as his last home run, the Yankees lost to the Chicago White Sox 7-4 (July 17, 1988).
    He named his three sons Jose Javier, Jose Jr. and Jose Enrique Cruz.
    He never won a Gold Glove Award even though he was a good defensive player.
    He batted and threw left handed.
    He was a fan favorite in Houston.
    He holds the Astros records with 80 triples and 6 career walk-off home runs.
    He also held Astro records for games played, at-bats, hits and total bases until they were surpassed by Craig Biggio in the 21st century.
    He was chosen as a member of the All-Astrodome Team (1999).
    He was a coach for the Puerto Rico National Baseball Team during the 2006 World Baseball Classic.
    He is referred as a well-known icon from Puerto Rico and the Astros.
    He influenced his son Jose Jr. a playing career in the majors.

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