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Kenneth Raymond Suarez

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In 1964, Ken Suarez played with the US amateur team that toured the Orient. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Kansas City Athletics before the 1965 season. His first professional hit was a grand slam, while playing for the Lewiston Broncs.

On April 14, 1966, he made his big league debut at the age of 23 against pitcher Jim Kaat of the Minnesota Twins. He went 0-2 in his first big league game.

He hit the first home run of his career in 1967, on April 16 versus Mickey Lolich of the Detroit Tigers. He hit the second home run of his career in his next game, on April 19, against his future teammate Sonny Siebert of the Indians. On November 28, he was drafted by the Indians from the Athletics via the 1967 Rule V Draft.

On December 2, 1971, he was traded to the Rangers with Roy Foster, Rich Hand, and Mike Paul for Del Unser, Denny Riddleberger, Terry Ley, and Gary Jones.

On June 16, he broke up a Jim Palmer perfect game. Palmer had retired the first 25 batters, however Suarez singled with one out in the ninth inning.

Although he didn't play in the majors after the 1973 season, he was still active in the minor leagues. On February 12, 1974, he was traded back to the Indians for Leo Cardenas, and on September 12, 1974 he was traded to the California Angels for Frank Robinson.


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