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Chico García
Second baseman
Born: (1924-12-24)December 24, 1924
Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico
Died: August 17, 2007(2007-08-17) (aged 82)
Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Batted: Right Threw: Right
debut
April 24, 1954, for the Baltimore Orioles
Last appearance
September 20, 1954, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
Batting average .113
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 5
Teams

Vinicio "Chico" García Uzcanga (December 24, 1924 – August 17. 2007) was a second baseman in Major League Baseball. He played for the Baltimore Orioles in the 1954 season. Listed at 5' 8", 170 lb., García batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico. Outside of MLB, García enjoyed a distinguished baseball career that spanned five different decades as a player (1946–1970) and manager (1966–1984).

A solid infielder and contact hitter, García played nine Triple-A seasons in the Arizona-Texas and American Association leagues and one season in Cuban baseball, before serving as a backup infielder for the Orioles in the American League. He won four minor league batting titles in the Arizona-Texas League (1949), Mexican Gulf League (1950, 1951) and Mexican League (1963).

Following his playing career, García managed in Mexico from 1966 through 1984, winning four championship titles for Culiacán (1966–67, 1969–70), Guasave (1971–72) and Mochis (1983–84). He also managed the Monterrey, Veracruz, Sabinas, Jalisco, Monclova and Nuevo Laredo clubs. In 1981, he gained Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame honors.

Vinicio (Chico) Garcia was married to Carolyn Foshee (who died in 1995) and has two sons, Jerry Vinicio & David and also has two daughters, Becky & Carolyn Lee.

García died on August 16, 2007 in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico at age 82.

Highlights

  • 1949 - Led Arizona-Texas League in runs, hits, triples and batting average (.377).
  • 1963 - At 38 age, won his second batting title in the Mexican League (.368) and hit a career-high 21 home runs.
  • His minor league career totals show a .306 average over 2,803 games.
  • As a second baseman for the Baltimore Orioles he played 39 games and his batting stats are: 62 AB, 6 R, 7 H, 2 3B, 5 RBI, 8 BB, 3 SO, 1 SF, 0.113 Avg., 0.211 OBP, 0.177 SLG.
  • Fielding stats: 245 G, 105 TC, 4.4 TC/G, 101 CH, 57 PO, 44 A, 4 E, 15 DP, 0.962 FLD %.
  • He coached the Mexican League team Sultanes de Monterrey for 260 games, reaching a winning percentage of .430 in three seasons.
  • The number he used with the Sultanes de Monterrey team from 1965-1965 & 1970 was retired on 06/11/1999.
  • He is the Sultanes player with most All-Star games played with this team (14).
  • He is the title second baseman in the All-Time players team of the Sultanes de Monterrey.
  • With the Sultanes de Monterrey 4 times was top scorer and 2B batter, three times leader in batting, two times in games played and hits batted and one time lead the team in times at bat and home runs.
  • Was inducted in the Mexico Hall of Fame of Baseball in 1981, the 14th Sultanes player in the Mexican HOF.

Fact

In 1946, García and Vern Stephens were supposed to form the double play combination for San Luis Potosí in the outlaw Mexican League, but Stephens reneged on his contract and returned to the majors.

On 11/30/1963 he was signed by the Baltimore Orioles from Shreveport in the Rule 5 Major League draft.

On 10/08/1954 Season he was traded by the Baltimore Orioles to the Brooklyn Dodgers for Ray Moore.

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