Francisco Torrijos

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Francisco Torrijos Avilés (Pancho)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right

Biographical Information[edit]

Francisco Torrijos was an early star in Mexican baseball.

Torrijos starred for the Mexican national team in the 1930 Central American Games, helping them win a Silver Medal. He hit cleanup and manned center in their first game, going 3 for 3 with two triples and four runs against Panama and kept rolling along. He homered off Narciso Picazo in a loss to champion Cuba and finished the event at .500 (8 for 16) with a 1.063 slugging percentage, fielding .875 in CF (7 PO, 1 A, 1 E). He tied teammate Manuel Chávez for the batting lead and tied his brother Jesús Torrijos for the lead with five steals. His six runs were one behind Chávez and Porfirio Espinosa. [1]

He was the center fielder for the Agrario de México team that won Mexican League titles in 1935-1936. LMB statistics are not available prior to 1937, though. [2] The 34-year-old hit .391/~.468/.507 for Agraria in 1937, scoring 19 times in 23 games but did not take the batting title. He hit .319/~.347/.447 for the team in '38 and .312/~.398/.455 for Anahuac in 1939. When many Negro League stars came to Mexico in 1940, Torrijos was one of the native Mexicans to hold on to a job, but his numbers fell against the tougher competition; the 37-year-old veteran batted .250/~.408/.300 in 25 games for the Dorados de Chihuahua. [3]

Pancho hit .293/~.410/.350 with the 1941 Mexico City Red Devils. Remaining with the club the next year, he batted .279/~.397/.325. He split 1943 between the Azules de Veracruz and the Alijadores de Tampico and had a batting line of .209/~.303/.260. At age 41, he showed he could still compete for the 1944 Alijadores, hitting .277/~.352/.315. He was 0 for 9 for Tampico and Mexico City in 1945. In the nine seasons for which LMB data is available for his career, he hit .276/~.375/.342 in 332 games, not bad for a player on the back end of his career. [4]


  1. 1930 Central American Games Final Report
  2. The Mexican League: Comprehensive Player Statistics by Pedro Treto Cisneros, pg. 12
  3. ibid., pg. 263
  4. ibid., pg. 263-264