Héctor Cruz (baseball)
April 2, 1953 |
Arroyo, Puerto Rico
|August 11, 1973, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 15, 1982, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Runs batted in||200|
|Career highlights and awards|
Born in Arroyo, Cruz came from a distinguished baseball family of Puerto Rico. He is the younger brother of former major leaguers José and Tommy Cruz, while his nephew José Jr. also played in the majors.
Cruz played in the Cardinals minor league system from 1970 through 1973. He debuted with the big team in September 1973, but was demoted to the minors again the following year. He returned to the Cardinals in 1975, playing for them three seasons before joining the Chicago Cubs (1978), San Francisco Giants (1978–1979) and Cincinnati Reds (1979–1980), and in second stint with the Cubs (1981-1982).
In 1976, his first regular season with the Cardinals, Cruz topped the National League rookies with 13 homers and 71 RBIs, but also led the league third basemen with 26 errors. Then he switched to outfield, although he did not play regularly for the rest of his career.
In 2007, Cruz gained induction into the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame as part of its 11th Class.