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Cecilio Acosta Miranda

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 165 lb.

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A nondescript relief pitcher in the major leagues, Cy Acosta is the answer to a baseball trivia question as he became the first pitcher to bat in the American League after the introduction of the designated hitter. On June 20, 1973, as the Chicago White Sox were playing the California Angels, the White Sox chose to use their designated hitter, Tony Muser, as a defensive replacement for first baseman Dick Allen in the eighth inning with an 8-2 lead. This eliminated the DH for Chicago for the remainder of the game. Muser was a much better fielder but Allen did not like to DH. Acosta struck out against the Angels' Rich Hand in his plate appearance.

He primarily wore number 41 in the majors. He pitched 17 seasons in the Mexican League, from 1968 to 1971 and from 1975 to 1986. He went 122-137 with a 3.42 ERA in Mexico and was elected to the Salon de la Fama in 2005.

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