Ruben Amaro (amaroru01)

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Rubén Amaro Mora

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 170 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

"He's the kind of guy, well, there's a dignity to him and everyone likes and respects him." - Jim Bouton in Ball Four

Rubén Amaro played in the majors between 1958 and 1969, winning the National League's Gold Glove at shortstop with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1964. He was the father of Rubén Amaro, Jr. and David Amaro and son of Santos Amaro. Amaro also had two kids from his second marriage: Rubén Andres Amaro, born February 23, 1990 and Luis Alfredo Amaro, born January 17, 1989, both of whom also played baseball. Amaro also had a daughter, Alayna Amaro, born January 24, 1984.

While his Cuban-born father was a Mexican League star, the Mexican-born Rubén Sr. only had five at-bats in the Liga. He played for the Mexican national team that won the Silver Medal in the 1954 Central American and Caribbean Games. Known primarily for his defense and versatility, Amaro's only season with impressive offensive statistics was 1955 when he hit .309 with 18 homers for the Mexicali Eagles of the Arizona-Mexico League. When Amaro was selected to the Salon de la Fama in 1986, he and his father became the first father-son duo to be so honored.

Amaro worked as a scout, manager, coach and director in baseball and led the Venezuelan club Aguilas del Zulia to a Caribbean Series title in 1984 as a manager. He was a coach with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1980 and 1981 and a member of the Chicago Cubs coaching staff from 1983 to 1986. He was a scout for the Phillies from 1973 to 1982 (signing Willie Hernández), and the Latin American Scouting Supervisor for the Cubs in 1988. He then scouted for the Detroit Tigers in the 1990s.

Amaro died in March 2017 of natural causes. Rubén Jr. portrayed him on two episodes of ABC's family sitcom The Goldbergs.

Notable Achievements[edit]

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1977 Auburn Phillies New York-Penn League 17-53 10th Philadelphia Phillies
1989 Bristol Tigers Appalachian League 28-39 7th Detroit Tigers
1993 Bristol Tigers Appalachian League 28-39 8th Detroit Tigers
1995 Petroleros de Minatitlan Mexican League 41-73 15th none
1996 Williamsport Cubs New York-Penn League 43-32 5th Chicago Cubs
1997 Rockford Cubbies Midwest League 66-66 9th Chicago Cubs
1998 Rockford Cubbies Midwest League 71-68 7th Chicago Cubs Lost League Finals
2002 GCL Phillies Gulf Coast League 39-21 1st Philadelphia Phillies League Champs
2003 GCL Phillies Gulf Coast League 23-33 12th Philadelphia Phillies

Further Reading[edit]

  • Rory Costello: "Rubén Amaro", in Mel Marmer and Bill Nowlin, eds.: The Year of Blue Snow: The 1964 Philadelphia Phillies, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2013, pp. 19-31. ISBN 978-1-933599-51-9
  • Frank Fitzpatrick: "Ruben Amaro Sr. dies at 81", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 31, 2017. [1]

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