Escalera was a scout for the Mets from 1966 to 1981 and for the Giants from 1982
to the present. His ML career consisted mostly of pinch hitting for the Reds in 1954.
He discovered Jose Oquendo and Juan Berenguer.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»April 17, 1954:
Nino Escalera becomes the first black to play for the Cincinnati Redlegs when he hits a pinch single in a 5–1 loss to the Braves. In the 7th, another black rookie, Chuck Harmon, follows, pinch hitting for Corky Valentine and popping out.
»May 24, 1954: In a unique Birdie Tebbetts' shift against the Cards Stan Musial, the Redlegs enlist a "4th" OF in place of regular SS Roy McMillan. This causes a box score irregularity because left-handed Nino Escalera is officially listed as a left-handed SS. After all that, Art Fowler strikes out Musial as the Reds win 4–2.