Rubén Amaro Sr., Mexican baseball player, Died at 81


Rubén (Mora) Amaro Sr. was born on January 6, 1936 and died on March 31, 2017.

He was a Mexican professional baseball player.

Amaro played as a shortstop and first baseman in Major League Baseball from 1958 through 1969.

Amaro was the son of a Cuban, Santos Amaro, and a Mexican, Josefina Mora.

Amaro finished 21st in voting for the 1964 National League MVP for playing in 129 games and having 299 at-bats, 31 runs, 79 hits, 11 doubles, 4 home runs, 34 runs batted in, 16 walks, a .264 batting average, a .307 on-base percentage, and a .341 slugging percentage.

Soon after joining the New York Yankees, Amaro suffered a knee ligament injury in a collision with left fielder Tom Tresh, the injury limited Amaro to just 14 games in 1966.

His father, Santos Amaro, was an outfielder in the Mexican League.

Amaro’s second son, Rubén Amaro Jr., was an outfielder in Major League Baseball in the 1990s, and is the former General Manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.

His third son, Luis Amaro, also played briefly for the Philadelphia Phillies in minor league baseball and, is currently the General Manager of the Aguilas del Zulia baseball team in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League, recently winning the LVBP championship 2017.

Amaro also has a son David Amaro, a daughter Alayna Amaro, and his youngest son Ruben Andres Amaro.

He served as a member of the board of the Baseball Assistance Team, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping former Major League, Minor League, and Negro League players through financial and medical hardships.

Rubén Amaro Sr passed away at 81 years old.