Héctor Rodríguez

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Hector Antonio Rodríguez Ordenana
(Oh Henry!)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 165 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Playing in Cuba, 1946

Héctor Rodríguez had a long minor league career and had two years in the majors, one with the New York Cubans in 1944 and one as the regular third baseman for the Chicago White Sox in 1952.

Rodríguez began his pro career in 1943 with the Mexico City Reds of the Mexican League. He moved on to the Negro National League in 1944, playing for the New York Cubans and hitting .283. After several more seasons in Mexico, he joined the Montreal Royals in the Brooklyn Dodgers chain in 1951. Appearing in 153 games, he hit .302 with 10 triples, 8 home runs, and 95 runs batted in, led the International League with 26 stolen bases, and was named the circuit's Rookie of the Year.

Acquired by the Chicago White Sox prior to the 1952 campaign, the 31-year-old rookie Rodríguez was the team's Opening Day third baseman. He appeared in 124 games for the club that summer and hit .265 with 14 doubles and 1 homer. However, his big league time was short-lived, and he was back in the minors in 1953. After spending one year with the Syracuse Chiefs, he played the next six seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He played for the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League in 1960 and 1961 before returning to Mexico, where he both played and managed.

Overall, Rodríguez recorded 2,390 hits while playing in the International League, Pacific Coast League, and Mexico and had a career average of .290. He also recorded 313 doubles and 226 stolen bases during his long minor league career.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1964 Piratas de Campeche Mexican Southeast League 50-38 2nd Lost League Finals
1965 San Luis Potosi Reds Mexican Center League 88-51 1st none League Champs
1966 Tabasco Plataneros Mexican Southeast League 63-46 2nd
1967 Saraperos de Saltillo Mexican Center League 2nd none replaced Jesus Robles
1968 Saraperos de Saltillo Mexican Center League 81-44 1st none League Champs
1969 Leon Aguiluchos Mexican Center League 48-77 7th
1970 Leon Aguiluchos Mexican Center League 49-75 8th none

Further Reading[edit]

  • Alan Cohen: "Hector Rodriguez" in "The Path to the Cubs and White Sox from the Negro Leagues: 17 Barrier Breakers", The National Pastime, SABR, 51, 2023, p. 94.

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