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Alejandro Eloy Carrasquel Aparicio

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Alex Carrasquel was the first Venezuela-born player in the major leagues and either the first or the second South American (after Luis Castro, whose place of birth is disputed).

In his major league debut in April 1939 he struck out Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig and Bill Dickey.

Alex typically posted above-.500 win-loss records for Washington Senators teams that were usually under .500. In 1940 and 1941, he went 6-2 each season, although the Senators went 64-90 and 70-84. In 1944 the team again went 64-90 while Alex was 8-7. In his winningest year, 1943, he was 11-7 as the team actually finished over .500 at 84-69.

His major league career ended after 1945 when he jumped to the Mexican League (except when he returned to the majors for 3 games in 1949) but his minor league career would run from 1949-53. In 1955-56 he again played in Mexico.

Carrasquel was quoted in 1946 as saying he was offered $7,500 to play for Vera Cruz in Mexico while the Chicago White Sox had offered only $5,000.

He managed in the U.S. with the Sweetwater Braves in 1952. He also managed in Venezuela. He was elected to the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame as part of its 2012 class.

He is the uncle of Chico Carrasquel, Martin Carrasquel, Emilio Carrasquel, Cris Colon, Domingo Carrasquel Sr. and Domingo Carrasquel Jr.

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