Note: This page links to 1960s infielder Pedro Gonzalez. For others with the same name, click here.
Pedro Gonzalez Olivares
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 176 lb.
- Debut April 11, 1963
- Final Game September 27, 1967
- Born December 12, 1937 in San Pedro de Macoris, San Pedro de Macoris, D.R.
- Died January 10, 2021 in San Pedro de Macoris, San Pedro de Macoris, D.R.
Pedro Gonzalez was one of the earliest major leaguers from San Pedro de Macoris, in the Dominican Republic. While he appeared in the 1964 World Series (and was at first base more than other positions with the New York Yankees that year), he had most of his major league at bats as a second baseman with the Cleveland Indians in 1965 and 1966. His fielding was good but his hitting wasn't very strong.
In 1967, his last season in the majors, both he and Vern Fuller appeared in 64 games at second base for the Indians. Fuller is listed as the regular, presumably because he had more fielding chances.
In total, Pedro had 17 seasons in pro ball, including several playing in Mexico. In over 1,000 games in the minors, he hit .293. He stole as many as 31 bases in a season, and his peak for home runs was 13.
He managed the following teams: 1968 Torreon Cotton Dealers, 1969 Saltillo Saraperos, 1972-1973 Tampico Lightermen, 1974-1975 Centauros de Chihuahua, 1976-1986 GCL Braves, 1994 DSL Braves/Rangers and 1995-1996 DSL Braves.
He died of lung disease at age 84 in January 2021, in his hometown of San Pedro de Macoris.
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