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Luis Francisco Olmo born Luis Francisco Rodriquez Olmo

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11½", Weight 190 lb.

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Luis Olmo was a player who had one excellent year in the major leagues, out of a six year major league career, but who became much more successful as a Caribbean star. He was elected to the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004. His major league career was shortened because he was one of the players who were suspended for several years by Major League Baseball for leaving to play in the Mexican League in the 1940s.

His best year in the majors was 1945, when he hit .313 (sixth in the league), with 13 triples to lead the league, 10 home runs, and 110 RBI (third in the league), playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He added 15 stolen bases, which were fourth in the league.

In 1949, he was part of the pennant-winning Dodgers (after having been with them years earlier, from 1943 to 1945). He hit .305 in 38 games. In the third game of the 1949 World Series, he batted sixth in the lineup, which was as follows: Pee Wee Reese, Eddie Miksis, Carl Furillo, Jackie Robinson in the cleanup spot, Gil Hodges, Luis Olmo, a young Duke Snider batting seventh, and Roy Campanella batting eighth. Olmo hit a home run in the 9th inning.

Luis is known in Puerto Rico as "El jíbaro Olmo".

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • NL Triples Leader (1945)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (1945)

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