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Note: This page discusses 1950s outfielder Luis Marquez. For the scout of the same name, click here.

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Luis Angel Márquez Sanchez (Canena)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10½", Weight 174 lb.

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Luis "Canena" Márquez became the third Puerto Rican to play in the Major Leagues (after Hiram Bithorn and Luis Olmo). Márquez played in a total of 68 games in the majors, split in two seasons between the Boston Braves, Chicago Cubs, and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Márquez died in his hometown of Aguadilla in 1988, shot to death by his son-in-law, who is still a fugitive. A local baseball stadium was named in Márquez's honor.

Marquez was the first black player signed by the Yankees (in 1949), after playing for several years in the Negro Leagues. However, the contract was voided by the commissioner and Marquez ended up property of the Cleveland Indians. In 1950 he was with Portland, hitting .311 and leading the PCL with 38 stolen bases. He was drafted by the Boston Braves after the 1950 season and made his major league debut with them in 1951.

Marquez led the Negro National League in batting in 1947.

Marquez played Puerto Rico professional baseball starting 1944, and continued to play there in winters while he played professionally in the U.S. He joined the Negro Leagues in the U.S. in 1946, playing with the Homestead Grays from 1946-48. After signing with the white leagues, he was sent first to Newark before coming to Portland. Later, after his debut in the majors, he played for Milwaukee, Toledo, Dallas, Portland again, and in Mexico for Poza Rica. He then coached in Puerto Rico, and after baseball was a sports and recreation instructor. Source: Aguadilla

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