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Vinicio Otilio Garcia Uscanga

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 170 lb.

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Chico Garcia hit just .113 (7 for 62) in 39 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 1954, but in the minor leagues, most notably in his native country, Mexico, Garcia was a star.

Chico played professional ball for 27 years from 1944 to 1970 and was later a long-time manager in Mexico. He crossed the border from 1949 to 1959. While with the Juarez Indios in 1949, he led the class C Arizona-Texas League in batting average at .377, hits with 227 (including 20 three-baggers), and runs with 170.

Chico hit .304 for the Shreveport Sports in the AA Texas League in 1953 and an even .300 for the Toledo Mud Hens of the AAA American Association in 1955. He appeared in the American Association for a total of five seasons (1955-1959), sporting a combined five-year average of .282. He finished up his career north of the border with the Dallas Rangers in 1959.

After returning to the Mexican League in 1960, he hit over .300 for the next five years for the Monterrey Sultanes with his .368 average leading the league in hitting in 1963 when he was 38 years old. Overall Chico hit .306 with 3,116 base hits in 2,803 games in the minor leagues.

The record shows that Garcia's managing career covered from 1965 to 1986 with six different organizations in the Mexican League.

Vinicio "Chico" Garcia died on August 16, 2007 at the age of 83 in his native country at Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1965 Sultanes de Monterrey Mexican League 68-72 4th none
1966 Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz Mexican League 72-67 5th
1967 Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz Mexican League 71-69 4th none
1968 Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz Mexican League 79-60 2nd none
1969 Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz Mexican League 81-73 4th none
1970 Sultanes de Monterrey Mexican League -- -- replaced by Rodolfo Alvarado
1971 Piratas de Sabinas Mexican League -- -- replaced by Roberto Montelongo
1972 Piratas de Sabinas Mexican League 62-76 10th
1973 Charros de Jalisco Mexican League 79-52 2nd Lost in 1st round
1974 Charros de Jalisco Mexican League 84-50 1st Lost in 2nd round
1975 Charros de Jalisco Mexican League 73-61 5th Lost in 1st round
1976 Tecolotes de Nuevo Laredo Mexican League 54-82 16th
1984 Aciereros de Monclova Mexican League 16th replaced Servando Gonzalez
1985 Aciereros de Monclova Mexican League 64-62 8th Lost in 1st round
1986 Sultanes de Monterrey Mexican League -- -- replaced by Miguel Sotelo

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Baseball-Reference.com
Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Third Edition
Baseball Players of the 1950s
SABR MILB Database:page

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