Enrique Roberto Izquierdo Valdes
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 175 lb.
- Debut August 9, 1967
- Final Game September 27, 1967
- Born March 20, 1931 in Matanzas, Cuba
- Died August 1, 2015 in West Palm Beach, FL USA
Hank Izquierdo broke into pro ball in 1951 and played 5 years in the International League before retiring in 1962 to be the Cleveland Indians bullpen coach. The following year he made a comeback in Minnesota Twins' organization, working his way up from Class A to the big leagues in late 1967. He was 36 at the time of his major league debut. (See the June 24, 1967 and September 9, 1967 Sporting News for more details). The next season, Izquierdo returned to the minors. That year, he was shot in the stomach during a robbery and nearly died, but he ultimately made a return to the diamond.
In July, 1969, while serving as a player-coach for the Oklahoma City 89ers, Izquierdo got into a fight with Ted Simmons, then a minor leaguer with the Tulsa Oilers. The fight turned to blows, Izquierdo tried to strike Simmons with a bat, and he found himself with a season-long suspension imposed by American Association President Allie Reynolds, who personally witnessed the incident.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1970||Rojos del Águila de Veracruz||Mexican League||87-63||2nd|
|1971||Rojos del Águila de Veracruz||Mexican League||9th||replaced Tony Castano|
|1972||Leones de Yucatán||Mexican League||72-66||7th|
|1973||Leones de Yucatán||Mexican League||60-74||12th|
|1974||Rojos del Águila de Veracruz||Mexican League||62-74||11th|
|1976||Saraperos de Saltillo||Mexican League||--||--||replaced by Gregorio Luque|