Eulogio Osorio

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Biographical Information[edit]

Eulogio Osorio was a star outfielder in the Cuban Serie Nacional.

He hit eight doubles for the Industriales in 1963-1964 to tie Fidel Linares for the league lead. He starred in the first Cuban All-Star Series in the 1967-1968 Serie Nacional, tying Pedro Chávez and Felipe Sarduy for the most hits (10) and tying Elpidio Mancebo for the most doubles (3). That season, he had 129 hits, shattering the Serie Nacional record (Chávez, 78) and also crushing Sarduy's doubles record of 14 by hitting 24. He won Serie Nacional Most Valuable Player. The hit record fell to Wilfredo Sánchez the next year but the doubles mark stood for 27 years before Antonio Scull topped it.

Osorio debuted for the Cuban national team that won the 1971 Amateur World Series, going 2 for 5 as a bench player. In the 1974-1975 Serie Nacional, his 58 hits for Agricultores led the league. The next season, his 12 doubles for them paced the circuit. He was 6 for 9 as a strong bench player when Cuba won the 1976 Amateur World Series. He tied Evelio Hernández for the best average on Cuba. He reached 1,000 hits in 1976-1977, the second player to that mark, and also won his only batting title at .359. He retired two years later, having won six pennants. He then won five Gold Medals with the Cuban softball team.

He finished fourth in league history in hits and steals. In 16 seasons (mostly in a pitcher's era), he had hit .283/.337/.359 with 555 runs and 383 RBI in 1,136 games, stealing 139 bases in 223 tries. He fielded .953.

Sources: Ecured, A History of Cuban Baseball by Peter Bjarkman, Cubadebate,