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Roberto Vargas

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Roberto Vargas
Born: (1929-05-29)May 29, 1929
Santurce, Puerto Rico
Died: May 27, 2014(2014-05-27) (aged 84)
Caguas, Puerto Rico
Batted: Left
Threw: Left
Professional debut
NgL: 1948, for the Chicago American Giants
MLB: April 17, 1955, for the Milwaukee Braves
Last MLB appearance
September 21, 1955, for the Milwaukee Braves
MLB statistics
Win–loss record0–0
Earned run average8.76
Negro leagues
Major League Baseball
Career highlights and awards

Roberto Enrique Vargas Vélez (May 29, 1929 – May 27, 2014) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Milwaukee Braves of the National League during the 1955 season. Listed at 5' 11", Weight: 170 lb., Vargas batted and threw left handed. He was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico.[1]

Vargas was among the first ten Puerto Rican ball players to debut in the major leagues, making his first appearance for Milwaukee on April 17, 1955, the same day as fellow Boricua Roberto Clemente did it with the Pittsburgh Pirates.[2]

He made 25 relief appearances for the Braves, allowing 23 earned runs on 39 hits and 14 walks for an 8.76 ERA, while striking out 13 in 24⅔ innings of work and did not have a decision.[1]

Sent back to the minors midway through the season, Vargas, who had pitched for the Chicago American Giants of the Negro American League in 1948,[3] performed for 11 teams in eight different leagues in a span of eight seasons from 1949–1960.[4]

Besides, he played four years in the Mexican League as well as winter baseball at Puerto Rico between 1947 and 1961, while representing his country several times in the Caribbean Series tournament.[5]

Eventually, Vargas had a long career coaching and managing in the Puerto Rico winter league. There, he advised young pitching prospects about the importance of throwing first-pitch strikes and pounding the strike zone and jamming hitters.[6]

Vargas died in 2014 in Caguas, Puerto Rico, two days short of his 85th birthday.[7]

See also



  1. ^ a b "Baseball Reference MLB statistics".
  2. ^ Baseball Reference – MLB players born in Puerto Rico
  3. ^ BR Negro Leagues
  4. ^ BR Minor Leagues
  5. ^ Moffi, Larry; Kronstadt, Jonathan (2006). Crossing the Line: Black Major Leaguers, 1947–1959. Bison Books. ISBN 978-0-80-328316-9
  6. ^ Crossing the Line
  7. ^ Baseball Almanac – Major League Baseball Players Who Died in 2014