Willie Miranda

Baltimore Orioles

Guillermo “Willy” Miranda (May 24, 1926 in Velasco, Cuba – September 7, 1996 in Baltimore, Maryland), is a former professional baseball player who played short stop in the Major Leagues from 1951-1959. He was a popular short stop in the Cuban professional winter league, distinguishing himself as an outstanding fielder. He became even more famous in his native country for being the first Cuban player to be signed and play for the famous New York Yankees, particularly when this took place during the decade of the fifties, when the Yankees won several world series. He played for nine years in the majors for teams that would include the Washington Senators, Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Browns, New York Yankees, and Baltimore Orioles. In 1955, Miranda topped the American League in double plays. He died at the age of 70 in Baltimore, MD.

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