Celerino Sánchez

Celerino Sánchez Pérez (3 February 1944 – 1 May 1992) was a Mexican Major League baseball third baseman.

Celerino Sánchez
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Third baseman
Born: (1944-02-03)3 February 1944
El Guayabal, Veracruz, Mexico
Died: 1 May 1992(1992-05-01) (aged 48)
León, Guanajuato, Mexico
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
June 13, 1972, for the New York Yankees
Last appearance
September 30, 1973, for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
Batting average.242
Home runs1
Career highlights and awards
Member of the Mexican
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Sánchez starred as a baseball player in the Mexican League from 1964 to 1971, primarily with the Tigres del México, before joining the New York Yankees organization in 1972. After spending a few months with the Yankees' minor league affiliate, the Syracuse Chiefs, Sánchez joined the Yankees on June, 1972, and was the Yankees regular third baseman for the rest of the year. In 1973, the Yankees' acquisition of star third baseman Graig Nettles relegated him to a backup role. 1973 was Sánchez' final year in the Major Leagues.[citation needed]

Sanchez hit his only career home run at Yankee Stadium on May 12, 1973 against Mickey Scott of the Baltimore Orioles.[1] He returned to the Mexican Leagues in 1976, where he played for several more years before retiring in 1979.[2]

Sánchez was elected to the Salón de la Fama del Beisbol Profesional de México in 1994.[3]


  1. ^ Ballesteros, Fernando (9 October 2019). "Recordando a Celerino Sánchez". Ríodoce (in Spanish). Retrieved 11 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Baseball Reference – minor league career".
  3. ^ "Celerino Sánchez's page at the Salón de la Fama site". Archived from the original on 1 May 2009.

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