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Natalio Irizarry (Pachy)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 185 lb.
  • Born ~1930

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[edit] Biographical Information

Natalio Irizarry reached AA as a player and later was a winter league owner.

Irizarry was 12-11 with a 3.22 ERA in his pro debut, with the 1949 Abbeville Athletics. That winter, he had a 8-7, 2.94 record for the Indios de Mayaguez and won the Puerto Rican League Rookie of the Year. Back with Abbeville in 1950, he fell to 6-12, 4.35. He did not pitch in the US in 1951-1952. In '53, the righty split time between the Baton Rouge Red Sticks (6-7, 3.45) and St. Petersburg Saints (1-3, 4.78). In the winter, he set a Puerto Rican League record with 29 consecutive shutout innings en route to a league-best 1.49 ERA (the best in the league from 1948-1957). He ended his minor league career in the Cincinnati Reds chain in 1954, appearing for the Colonial Heights-Petersburg Colts (4-3, 6.00) and Tulsa Oilers (1-4, 4.90). From 1971-1973, he owned the Indios.

[edit] Sources

  • Puerto Rico's Winter League: A History of Major League Baseball's Launching Pad by Thomas Van Hyning and Eduardo Valero
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