Sunday, November 22, 2015

NICKNAMES OF THE '70'S #39: "BABY BULL" ORLANDO CEPEDA

Time to go and give Hall of Fame star Orlando “Baby Bull” Cepeda a “nickname” card in my ongoing “Nicknames of the ‘70’s” thread.
Check out the card:


I used the 1970 template since he had his last great year that year, slamming 34 homers for the Atlanta Braves with 111 runs batted in and a .305 batting average.
Cepeda’s dad was a star player in Puerto Rico, and had the nickname “Perucho”, or “Bull”, thus when Orlando came along he naturally was tagged with “Baby Bull”, and the nickname was born.
Even though Cepeda would put together a Hall of Fame worthy career, one has to wonder what numbers he could have really put up had his legs not curtailed the momentum he had in the 1960’s.
Nevertheless, the “Baby Bull” eventually found his place in Cooperstown, alongside former teammates like Willie Mays, Willie McCovey and Juan Marichal.

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