Luis Báez (Dominican Republic)

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Luis Arturo Báez Rivera
(Grillo C)

  • Bats Left, Throws Left

Biographical Information[edit]

Luis Báez was an early Dominican star, like his brothers Pedro Báez and Andrés Julio Báez. [1] He was on the Dominican national teams that won Silver in the 1942 Amateur World Series and Bronze in the 1943 Amateur World Series; he led the latter event with 7 steals and 2 triples. [2] He also played in the 1944 Amateur World Series. [3]

When the Venezuelan League formed in 1946, he played in that country, hitting .290/?/.355 for the Navegantes del Magallanes. [4] In 1949-1950, he batted .233 and slugged .270 for the Patriotas de Venezuela. He led the league with 10 steals, two ahead of Ray Neil and Pedro Rodriguez. [5] When the Dominican League started in 1951, he played for the Tigres del Licey and was named Player of the Year. [6]

He also played in Panama, Puerto Rico and Mexico. [7] In 1984, he made the Dominican Sports Hall of fame. [8] He outlived his brother Pedro by 64 years, Pedro having died in an airplane crash that killed several Dominican stars.