Alfonso Carrasquel - 1951 Bowman

Alfonso Carrasquel Colon, better known as Chico Carrasquel (1928- 2005) was a superb shortstop for four different teams during his 10-year Major League Baseball career, including the Chicago White Sox (1950–1955), Cleveland Indians (1956–1958), Kansas City Athletics (1958), and Baltimore Orioles (1959). He was the first Venezuelan-born shortstop (paving the way for such figures as Luis Aparicio and Ozzie Guillen), and the first Latin American player in baseball history to start an All-Star Game. Chico began his career in 1946, playing professional baseball in Venezuela for the Cerveceria Caracas, and hitting the first home run in Venezuelan Professional Baseball history. The Brooklyn Dodgers signed Chico as a free agent in 1949 but soon sold his contract to the White Sox, where he replaced future Hall of Famer Luke Appling at short and paired with Nellie Foxx at second to become one of the game’s best double play combinations. As a rookie, Carrasquel hit for career-high .282 in 141 games and established a 24-game hitting streak. The next season, he became the first Latin American player to start an All-Star Game in what would be his first of four appearances (1951, 1953-1955), and also set an MLB record by handling 297 consecutive chances in 53 games without committing an error. Arguably, his best season came in 1954, as Chico posted career-highs in home runs (12), RBIs (62), hits (158), runs (106), extra base hits (43), and (85); he also led all American League shortstops in double plays and fielding percentage. A strained relationship with Sox manager Marty Marion prompted the team to trade Carrasquel to Cleveland, where he played 2-1/2 seasons before being sent to Kansas City and finally to Baltimore (in exchange for Dick Williams), where Chico finished his professional career. Always a disciplined hitter, Chico had 1,199 hits, 55 home runs, and 474 RBI in 1,325 games played. After leaving the game, he played and managed ball clubs in Venezuela, which coupled with his status as a big league ballplayer, elevated him to national hero status in his native land. 



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
2 NM-MT+ 8.5
2 NM-MT+ 8.5
2 NM-MT+ 8.5

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