“It’s not that Espino was averse to coaches and managers, it’s that he did not really require them. His talent was so innate that only he himself could truly understand it…”
I enjoy stories about the random player who maybe lost an opportunity or for some crazy reason made a choice which seemed odd at the time but did so for a purpose. And it seems like baseball and boxing toss out the best ones. No clue why. A guess would be it’s because both sports are really old and been a staple in the American landscape.
Have you heard of Hector Espino? Neither had I prior to two days ago. But a very interesting article from SB Nation writer Eric Nusbaum digs through the life of the great Mexican baseball player that, like the headline reads, is The Unknown Slugger and one “of the greatest hitters in baseball history, yet most Americans know nothing about him.”
Many believe Espino finished his career with somewhere between 755 and 796 professional home runs. He spent a short time in the United States, but went back home shortly after. Nusbaum does an amazing job of uncovering the possible reason why, not the reason many think, as to why he didn’t stay in Florida. He also goes through how the St. Louis Cardinals liked him so much after they won the World Series in 1964 with players still ingrained in the brains of fans like Brock, Gibson, Flood, and Boyer, that they offered Espino a $30,000 contract.
Can you imagine that guy hitting in that lineup? Wow…
Follow the link to read the entire article – THE UNKNOWN SLUGGER
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