Camilo Alberto Pascual Lus
(Camile, Little Potato)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 185 lb.
"He's got the best curve ball in the American League. His curve is simply great and he can throw it at different speeds." - Al Lopez, quoted in Baseball Digest from June 1959
Camilo Pascual pitched the first major league game ever at both Metropolitan Stadium and Los Angeles's Wrigley Field. Five times an AL All-Star, Pascual was a workhorse for the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins pitching staffs for 17 years. His good control, excellent fastball and outstanding curve led him to the AL strikeout lead three times, complete game lead three times, and shutouts three times again.
Despite playing with generally bad teams during his career, Pascual won 15 games five times and 20 twice, 174 in all. Four years running (1961-64) he topped 200 strikeouts, back when that was a tough number to reach.
His minor league and major league playing career ran from 1951-1971. In addition, he pitched Cuban winter ball for years with Cienfuegos, and was league MVP in the 1955-56 winter.
- 5-time AL All-Star (1959-1962 & 1964)
- 3-time AL Strikeouts Leader (1961-1963)
- 3-time AL Complete Games Leader (1959, 1962 & 1963)
- 3-time AL Shutouts Leader (1959, 1961 & 1962)
- 15 Wins Seasons: 5 (1959 & 1961-1964)
- 20 Wins Seasons: 2 (1962 & 1963)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 6 (1959, 1961-1964 & 1968)
- 200 Strikeouts Seasons: 4 (1961-1964)
- Peter C. Bjarkman: "Camilo Pascual", in Gregory H. Wolf, ed.: A Pennant for the Twin Cities: the 1965 Minnesota Twins, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2015, pp. 194-204. ISBN 978-1-943816-09-5