Gary Sanchez has had an incredible start to his New York Yankees career—9 home runs in his first 21 games. A first month like that invokes great debuts of Bronx Past, and one of them, I found out, was the wondrous Oscar Azócar.
Oscar, who in 1990 played on one of the worst Yankee teams in recent memory, died in 2010, at age 45, of a heart attack while waiting in a Venezuelan emergency room. (Hey, let’s face it, it could happen anywhere.). He was born in Soro, in the state of Sucre, in 1965 and also played in Mexico, and for four Venezuelan pro teams: Leones de Caracas, Navegantes de Magellanes, Tigres de Aragua, and Tiburones de La Guaira. He was so good down home that he was named to the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bruce Markuson of the Baseball Hall of Fame wrote a lovely tribute to Oscar, upon which I cannot improve. Take it away, Bruce: