Former Braves star Orlando Cepeda in critical condition
Former Braves first baseman Orlando Cepeda is in critical condition in a San Francisco hospital after a cardiac incident.
The San Francisco Giants say the 80-year-old Hall of Famer was taken to a Bay Area hospital late Monday.
Cepeda played 17 seasons in the majors, beginning with the Giants. He also played for St. Louis, Oakland, Boston and Kansas City.
The Braves acquired Cepeda is a trade with the Cardinals in 1969, giving up catcher Joe Torre. Cepeda played four seasons with the Braves. In 1970, he finished with 34 homers, 111 RBIs and a .305 average, giving the Braves a potent offense along with Hank Aaron and Rico Carty.
The Braves traded Cepeda to the A’s in 1972 in exchange for pitcher Denny McLain.
A seven-time All-Star who played in three World Series, Cepeda was the 1958 NL Rookie of the Year with San Francisco and NL MVP in 1967 with St. Louis. In 1961, he led the NL with 46 homers and 142 RBIs. Cepeda was a .297 career hitter with 379 home runs.