Fun facts about Joe Azcue:
-Was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba; my crude Spanish skills tell me that the city name roughly translates to "One Hundred Fires".
-His actual nickname was "The Immortal Azcue". As monikers go, that's a pretty good one to have.
-Finally found a home with the Indians, his fourth organization (following Cincinnati, Milwaukee, and Kansas City). He played in Cleveland for the bulk of his career: 1963-1969.
-His first season with the Tribe may have been his best. In 91 games, he hit .284 with 16 doubles, 14 home runs, and 46 RBI, all career highs.
-Caught two no-hitters in his career. The pitchers were Sonny Siebert (June 10, 1966) and Clyde Wright (July 3, 1970).
-There was at least one game in 1968 that Joe would probably like to forget. On July 30, he hit a liner that was snared by Washington shortstop Ron Hansen. Hansen stepped on second base to force Dave Nelson, then tagged out Russ Snyder as the latter slid into third base. It was the first unassisted triple play since 1927, and the last triple play of any kind in Senators history. On the plus side, Azcue's Indians won 10-1.
-Hit three career home runs off of 283-game winner Jim Kaat. Of course, Kaat also whiffed him 11 times in 86 at-bats, so it all evens out somewhere.