St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Orlando Cepeda with manager Red Schoendienst

(KMOX file photo)

Former Cardinals First Baseman Orlando Cepeda Rushed To Hospital

February 20, 2018 - 5:33 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Hall of Fame first baseman Orlando Cepeda was rushed to a northern California area hospital and his situation remains serious, Tuesday, stated a San Francisco Giants spokesperson. 

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Orlando Cepeda with manager Red Schoendienst
(KMOX file photo)
Cepeda, spent nine seasons with the Giants and made six All-Star teams before being trade to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1967 – he won an MVP award and a World Series with St. Louis that season. The San Francisco Chronicle first reported Cepeda's condition, stating that the Fairfield Fire Department was dispatched to the Rancho Solano Golf Course on Monday night and transported Cepeda.  

Any further updates would come from San Francisco team officials, said a team spokesperson.

Cepeda is one only two players to be voted as unanimous NL MVP's, Carl Hubbell was the first, in 1936. Cepeda hit .325 with 25 homers and an NL-best 111 RBI that season, batting cleanup in the Cardinals’ powerful lineup. In the World Series, the Cardinals defeated the Red Sox in seven games to clinch their second title of the 1960s.

San Francisco traded Cepeda to the Cardinals for pitcher Ray Sadecki. 

Cepeda lives in Fairfield, Cal. and seemed in good health last month when he toasted Willie McCovey at McCovey’s 80th birthday party at AT&T Park, reports multiple San Francisco-area reporters.