April 9, 1939|
Fajardo, Puerto Rico
|Died: July 4, 2008
Ponce, Puerto Rico
|August 6, 1960, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 23, 1969, for the Houston Astros|
|Runs batted in||70|
Julio Enrique Gotay Sánchez (April 9, 1939 – July 4, 2008) was a professional baseball player who played parts of 10 seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, California Angels, and Houston Astros of Major League Baseball. He was the uncle of infielder Rubén Gotay.
He was primarily a utility infielder and outfielder. He made his Major League debut at age 21 on August 6, 1960 as the host Cardinals defeated the Cincinnati Reds 6-5. In his first career at-bat, he got his first hit. Pinch-hitting for pitcher Ed Bauta in the sixth inning, he singled off Joe Nuxhall.
He had his most productive season for the Cardinals in 1962. That season, he started 105 games at shortstop, batting .255 with two home runs, 12 doubles and 27 RBI in 406 plate appearances. He played in 298 games in the Major Leagues.
After retiring from baseball, he spent many years as a school master in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
He died of prostate cancer on July 4, 2008 at age 69 in Ponce. He was married with his wife, Silvia Irizarry, for 48 years. He had four children, Julio Gotay, Agustín Gotay, Irma Gotay, and Silvia Gotay.
- "Muere el pelotero puertorriqueño Julio Gotay Sánchez". HoustonChronicle.com. Associated Press. 2008-07-05. Retrieved 2008-07-09.[dead link] (Spanish)
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
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