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Tony Oliva
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Baseball Player
    (July 20, 1938- )
    Born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba
    Right fielder and designated hitter for the Minnesota Twins (1962-76)
    American League Rookie of the Year (1964)
    Three-time AL batting champion (1964-65,1971)
    Eight-time All-Star (1964-71)
    #6 retired by the Twins
    He switched papers with his younger brother Pedro to look more youthful to Major League scouts.
    His skills declined sharply in his last seasons as he underwent repeated knee surgeries.
    He fell one vote short of being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee (2014).
    He has been married to Gordette du Bois for over 50 years.
    He was the first Major Leaguer to win batting titles in his first two full seasons.
    One sportswriter declared, ‘Watching Tony Oliva bat is like hearing Caruso sing, Paderewski play piano, or Heifetz draw a bow across a string.’

Credit: C. Fishel

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