Fun Cards: “Baseball Immortals” Orlando Cepeda
The support for Orlando Cepeda was small in 1980, as only 12.5% of the BBWAA included him on their ballots in his initial year. That support swelled, however, and in 1994 he missed induction by a mere seven votes. While he was shy of the “magic numbers,” he was dominant during his career. The 1967 MVP was a seven-time All-Star and received the first-ever Outstanding Designated Hitter Award in 1973. The Veterans Committee bestowed upon Cepeda the long-overdue honor of Cooperstown in 1999.