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Yo-Yo Davalillo

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Pompeyo Antonio Davalillo Romero

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 3", Weight 140 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Yo-Yo Davalillo is the brother of Víctor Davalillo, father of Marco Antonio Davalillo and David Davalillo and grandfather of Marco Davalillo Jr. He spent one month in the major leagues as a 25-year-old shortstop in 1953, hitting over .290 but adding virtually no power or walks. The regular shortstop that year for the Washington Senators was 25-year-old Pete Runnels. Broken bones in his leg, suffered while sliding into second base during a Venezuelan League game, prevented Davalillo from getting back to the majors. He remained at Triple-A into the early 1960s.

The name "Yo-Yo" was stuck on him in the U.S. In Venezuela, he is known as Pompeyo Davalillo. He played baseball there through age 36 and was then a manager. He also managed in Mexico; brother Vic played under him in the late 1970s. He managed the Venezuelan national team in the 1979 Pan American Games; he had previously played for them when they finished second in the 1951 Amateur World Series.

He was one of the shortest players in major league history at 5' 3".

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1964 Salamanca Tigres Mexican Center League 60-60 4th none
1965 Plataneros de Tabasco Mexican Southeast League 52-38 1st Lost League Finals
1976 Rieleros de Aguascalientes Mexican League 68-66 7th (t) Lost in 1st round
1977 Rieleros de Aguascalientes Mexican League 77-73 8th
1978 Mineros de Coahuila Mexican League 65-85 13th (t)
1998 Ganaderos de Tabasco Mexican League 66-54 6th Lost in 1st round
1999 Algodoneros de Torreon Mexican League -- -- replaced by Alejandro Lizarraga

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