Roberto "Bobby" Marcano Cherubini (June 7, 1951 – November 13, 1990) was a Venezuelan professional baseball player who made a name for himself playing in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) and for Tiburones de La Guaira in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Born: Roberto Antonio (Cherubini) Marcano|
June 7, 1951
El Clavo, Miranda, Venezuela
|Died: November 13, 1990(aged 39)|
|1975, for the Hankyu Braves|
|1985, for the Yakult Swallows|
|NPB statistics |
(through 1985 season)
|Runs batted in||817|
|Career highlights and awards|
Born in El Clavo, Marcano played minor league baseball in the United States from 1969 to 1974, first with the Cleveland Indians organization, and later with the California Angels organization. During the MLB off-seasons he also played for Tiburones de La Guaira steadily from 1969–1985.
In 1975, Marcano went to Japan, where he joined the Hankyu Braves as a second baseman. (The team has since become the Orix Blue Wave, and then the Orix Buffaloes.) With Marcano putting up big numbers, the Braves went to four straight Japan Series, winning the first three (the first championships in the franchise's history). Marcano played for Hankyu for eight years, then joined the Yakult Swallows for another three. Over the course of his NPB career, Marcano was awarded four Gold Gloves, and was named to the Best Nine four times. He is noted by many sources as being one of the best foreign-born players in Japanese baseball.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball Reference (Minors)
- Venezuelan Professional Baseball League statistics
- The Baseball Guru