August 11, 1919 |
Arecibo, Puerto Rico
|July 18, 1943, for the Brooklyn Dodgers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 6, 1951, for the Boston Braves|
|Runs batted in||272|
|Career highlights and awards|
Olmo (birth name: Luis Francisco Rodríguez Olmo [note 1]) was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. He debuted with the Dodgers on July 18, 1943. In 57 games, he batted .303 with four home runs and 37 RBI. He gained regular status in the next season, batting .258 with nine home runs and 85 RBI in 136 games.
On May 18, 1945, Olmo became the second player (Del Bissonette on April 21, 1930 was the first) in Major League history to hit a bases-loaded triple and a bases-loaded home run (grand slam) in the same game. He added a single for good measure, only failing to hit a double to complete the cycle. In that season, he led the league in triples (13) and reached career-high numbers in batting average (.313), home runs (10), RBI (110), doubles (27), stolen bases (15) and games (141).
In 1946, Olmo was among a group of players who were enticed to play in the Mexican League by the promise of higher salaries; they were suspended by Baseball Commissioner Happy Chandler for jumping the major leagues. Two years later, Olmo was reinstated and he returned to the Dodgers, batting .305 in 1949 to help win the pennant.
1949 World Series
In the 1949 World Series against the Yankees, Olmo became the first Puerto Rican to play in a World Series, as well as hit a home run and get three hits in a Series game. After two seasons, he was dealt to the Braves. He retired at the end of the 1951 season.
In a six-year career, Olmo batted .281 (458-for-1629) with 29 home runs, 208 runs, 65 doubles, 25 triples, and 33 stolen bases in 462 games.
Overall, he posted a .303 average with three home runs and 13 RBI in three Caribbean Series.
Olmo was elected to the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame on February 6, 2004. His baseball career was featured in a 2008 American documentary titled "Beisbol", directed by Alan Swyer and narrated by Esai Morales, which covered the early influences and contributions of Hispanics in the game. The City of Arecibo honored Olmo by naming a stadium after him. Olmo is recognized as the oldest living former member of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves organizations.
- This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Rodríguez and the second or maternal family name is Olmo.