» May 4, 1958: At Seals Stadium, light-hitting OF Roman Mejias of the Pirates hits three home runs in the opener with San Francisco to lead Pittsburgh to a 6–2 win. Mejias will hit just five homers this year. SF's two runs come on homers by Orlando Cepeda. The Giants win the nitecap 4–3 in 10 innings.
» May 5, 1958: Going into the bottom of the 9th, the Giants trail Pittsburgh 11–1, but rally for nine runs. Giants rookie 1B Orlando Cepeda's 3rd home run in three games ends the scoring, and pinch hitter Don Taussig pops out with the bases loaded to end the game. The Giants send up a (since tied) record six pinch hitters in the inning, and three score, tying the ML mark.
» May 6, 1958: Giant Mike McCormick, 19, shuts out Pittsburgh 7–0 on three infield singles. Orlando Cepeda's first-inning home run helps put the game away.
» June 5, 1958: The Giants again top the Braves in extra innings, 5–4. In the 12th, Jim Finigan doubles after Mays singles, but Willie is thrown out at the plate by Hank Aaron. Orlando Cepeda, with three hits already, then hits a Gene Conley fastball for the game-winning home run. Cepeda also helps in the field, nabbing Wes Covington in the 9th with a hidden ball trick.
» July 12, 1958:
Orlando Cepeda's 3-run HR off Spahn gives the Giants a 5-3 win and pulls San Francisco to within a half game of the Braves.
» July 13, 1958:
Orlando Cepeda's third HR in three days and Felipe Alou's run-scoring hit in the ninth, give the Giants a 6-5 win over the Braves. San Francisco now leads the Braves by 12 game.
» August 27, 1958:
The Braves Bob Trowbridge walks Orlando Cepeda with the bases full in the 12th to give the Giants a 4-3 win. It is the Giants first win in the past nine games against the Braves.
» October 4, 1958:
The Sporting News names Washington OF
Albie Pearson and Yankee P Ryne Duren as its AL Rookies
of the Year; the Giants 1B Orlando Cepeda and P Carl
Willey of the Braves as its NL Rookies of the Year.
» April 12, 1959:
At St. Louis, the Giants break a 3-3 tie when, with two out in the 9th, Jim Davenport bunts safely off Vinegar Bend Mizell. Orlando Cepeda follows with a triple and Felipe Alou homers. Giants win, 6–3.
» June 12, 1960: In a record-tying three hour and 52 minute, 9-inning game, Willie McCovey's pinch-hit grand slam, the first slam of his career, and Orlando Cepeda's 3-run double pace the Giants to a 16–7 rout of the Braves.
» March 24, 1961:
In Mesa, LF Orlando Cepeda gives the Cubs two runs then hits a 3-run home run as the Giants shave the Cubs, 13–12.
» April 30, 1961:
Using Joey Amalfitano's bat, Willie Mays becomes the 9th player in ML history to enjoy a 4-HR game, and his eight RBI pace the Giants to a 14–4 win at Milwaukee's County Stadium. Led by Willie's 4, the Giants total a record tying eight homers (and 13 in two games) as Orlando Cepeda (2), Felipe Alou, and Jose Pagan also homer. Willie's 6th inning homer clears the LF bleachers at County Stadium. Hank Aaron collects a pair for the Braves for all the scoring. Billy Loes is the winning pitcher, and it marks the 4th time he has been in uniform at a game where a player has hit four homers: Loes was with the Dodgers in '50 and '54 when Gil Hodges and the Braves Joe Adcock connected, and with the Orioles in '59 when Rocky Colavito collected four.
» May 15, 1961: The Alou brothers and Orlando Cepeda lead an 18-hit attack as San Francisco overpowers the Cubs, 14–1. Dick Ellsworth gives up six runs in the 1st without retiring a batter. Cepeda hits two homers and a double and drives in five runs, while Felipe Alou hits his 1st grand slam and brother Matty Alou his first ML homer. Matty will combine with Jesus Alou in 1965 to homer in the same game. Mike McCormick is the easy winner.
» July 4, 1961:
At Chicago, the Giants roll to a 19–3 win in game 1, collecting 22 hits including a homer by Orlando Cepeda that is one of the longest in Wrigley history. The Cubs come back in the nitecap to win, 3–2, overcoming Willie Mays' 300th homer.
» July 29, 1961:
The Giants Orlando Cepeda hits a 1st inning grand slam to give the Giants a 4–3 win over the Phils. The Phillies will lose 23 straight before another victory.
» August 22, 1961:
The hot Giants sweep a pair from the National League-leading Reds, winning 12–2 and 5–3. Visiting SF features 20 hits in the opener to back Mike McCormick. Orlando Cepeda's 35th home run, NL high, starts the scoring in the nitecap, as Sam Jones and Stu Miller combine. Mays has his 32nd and 33rd homers in the twinbill.
» September 24, 1961: At Cincinnati, the Giants stage a 9-run 4th to rip the Reds, 12–5. Orlando Cepeda hits his 45th homer of the year, a grand slam, to climax the frame. Cepeda will hit one more home run this year and finish with 39 walks, the first National League player with more than 40 homers and fewer than 40 walks. Hal Trosky has done it in the American League.
» October 15, 1962: After one day of travel and three of rain, Billy Pierce pitches a 3-hitter for a 5–2 Giants win of game 6. Orlando Cepeda breaks his hitless streak with two hits and three RBI.
» August 27, 1963: Willie Mays, Orlando Cepeda, and Felipe Alou hit consecutive round-trippers in the 3rd inning of San Francisco's 7–2 win against St. Louis.
» September 10, 1963:
At New York, the Giants trail 3–0 after 7 innings when manager Alvin Dark sends up consecutive Alous to bat in the 8th. Pinch hitter Jesus Alou grounds out, pinch hitter Matty Alou strikes out, and leadoff hitter Felipe Alou bounces back to P Carlton Willey. The Giants lose, 4–2. Willie McCovey's 38th homer and Orlando Cepeda's 29th account for the SF scoring.
» October 12, 1963: In the first (and last) Hispanic American major league all-star game, the National League team beats the American League 5–2 at the Polo Grounds. The game features such names as Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Roberto Clemente, Orlando Cepeda, Julian Javier, Felipe Alou, Luis Aparicio, and Zoilo Versalles. Vic Power receives a pregame award as the number-one Latin player. NL starter Juan Marichal strikes out six in four innings, though reliever Al McBean is the winner. Pinch hitter Manny Mota drives in two against loser Pedro Ramos.
» May 8, 1966:
In a controversial trade for San Francisco, St. Louis acquires popular 1B Orlando Cepeda from the Giants for P Ray Sadecki. Sadecki will go 3-7 in 1966, and Cepeda will win the MVP in St. Louis in 1967.
» November 7, 1967: Orlando Cepeda of the Cards is the first unanimous selection as National League MVP.
» October 5, 1968: Tim McCarver's 3-run home run off loser Earl Wilson and Orlando Cepeda's 3-run shot off Don McMahon power St. Louis to a 7–3 win and 2–1 World Series lead.
» March 17, 1969: St. Louis trades 1B Orlando Cepeda to Atlanta for C/1B Joe Torre. Torre will knock in 100 RBIs in each of the next three seasons topping it off with the MVP Award in 1971.
» July 26, 1970: Johnny Bench of the Reds and Orlando Cepeda of the Braves each collect three consecutive homers and seven RBIs during respective games with the Cardinals and Cubs. Bench hits all three off Steve Carlton and adds a single in the Reds 12–5 win over the Cards. Bench now has 33 homers and 95 RBIs to lead the majors. Cepeda collects his seven RBIs in the Braves 8–3 win over the Cubs in game 1. His first two are solo shots, and the 3rd follows an intentional walk to Aaron to load the bases. His last RBI comes on a single in the 9th. In the nitecap of the twinbill, Cepeda has three hits but the Cubs win, 7–6. Glenn Beckert, 2-for-3 in the opener, raps five straight hits in game two to lead Chicago.
» May 9, 1971: At San Francisco, the Braves and Giants split a pair. After the Giants win the opener, 5–2, the Braves take the nitecap, 6–5, in 11 innings. Orlando Cepeda connects for a grand slam and solo homer for Atlanta, while Willie McCovey has a 3-run home run for SF. The Braves win it in the 10th when Ralph Garr scores after collecting his 4th hit.
» June 29, 1972:
In a swap of former MVPs, the Braves send 1B Orlando Cepeda to the A's for P Denny McLain.
» January 18, 1973: Orlando Cepeda signs with the Boston Red Sox, making him the first player signed by a team as a designated hitter.
» April 6, 1973: At Fenway Park, the first ball is thrown out by Ed Folger, a Red Sox farm hand who had his legs amputated last September following a farm accident. Then Yankee Ron Blomberg, facing Boston's Luis Tiant, becomes the first official DH in the ML. Blomberg walks with the bases loaded and winds up 1-for-3 in the 15–5 loss to the Red Sox. Sox DH Orlando Cepeda goes 0-for-6, but Carlton Fisk strokes two homers, one a grand slam, in the 20-hit Boston assault. Doug Griffith has four hits for Boston, which overcomes a 3–0 by scoring eight runs to chase Stottlemyre by the 3rd inning. The Yanks have eight hits off Tiant, five by the Alou brothers—Matty and Felipe.
» August 8, 1973: Boston DH Orlando Cepeda ties the major-league record with four doubles in a 9–4 triumph over Kansas City. Luis Tiant is the winning pitcher.
» March 26, 1974: Boston releases future Hall of Famer SS Luis Aparicio, who retires, and DH Orlando Cepeda, who will sign with the Royals.
» May 6, 1978:
In a 9–5 loss to Texas, Yankee 2B Willie Randolph pulls the hidden ball trick on Texas Bump Wills in the first inning. In 1980, Randolph will have it pulled on him (as noted by Bill Deane) and he joins Orlando Cepeda as the only two players known to pull off and have pulled on them the HBT.
» November 27, 1985: Vince Coleman, who stole 110 bases for the Cardinals, joins Frank Robinson, Orlando Cepeda, and Willie McCovey as the only unanimous winners of the National League Rookie of the Year Award.
» September 13, 1991: Toronto OF Joe Carter drives in a run in the Blue Jays' 7-6 victory over the A's, becoming the 1st player in history to reach the 100 plateau in three consecutive seasons with three different teams. Nine players (Dick Allen, Orlando Cepeda, Rocky Colavito, Goose Goslin, Rogers Hornsby, Reggie Jackson, Lee May, Al Simmons, and Vic Wertz) have collected 100 RBI with three teams, but none consecutively.
» January 12, 1994:
Steve Carlton is elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, receiving almost 96% of the vote. Orlando Cepeda falls 7 votes short of the 75% required for election.
» July 26, 1998: Boston defeats Toronto by a score of 6–3. Jose Canseco's 8th–inning home run accounts for the Blue Jays' 1st run. It is the 380th home run of Canseco's career, making him the all–time leader among players born outside of the US. Orlando Cepeda and Tony Perez had been the co–leaders with 379.
» March 2, 1999: Orlando Cepeda, Frank Selee, Smoky Joe Williams, Nestor Chylak are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee.
» July 11, 1999:
The Cardinals score all their runs in the 1st inning and go on to defeat the Giants, 5-4, in a game in San Francisco. Prior to the contest, the Giants retire Orlando Cepeda's uniform No. 30, making him the 9th Giant player so honored.
» July 25, 1999:
George Brett, Robin Yount, Nolan Ryan, Orlando Cepeda, are inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.