Joe Azcue Stats

Joe Azcue was born on Friday, August 18, 1939, in Cienfuegos, Cuba. Azcue was 20 years old when he broke into the big leagues on August 3, 1960, with the Cincinnati Reds. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Joe Azcue baseball stats page.

"Let me tell you about (manager) Birdie Tebbetts . Anytime somebody on the team would say that famous big word, you know, the four letter one that starts with an 'F,' Birdie would fine him $50. And if we used the famous big word with 'mother' in front of it, it would cost us twice as much, $100. So what we did, we changed it around and instead of saying the words, we'd call somebody, 'Hey, you two big words,' and Birdie couldn't fine us. One time in Chicago a guy was ragging on me. I got mad and yelled to him, 'Hey, shut up you mother... you know.' But before I could finish it, Birdie stopped me and said, 'Joe, it'll cost you a hundred to finish it. But I was so mad at the guy, I said to Birdie, 'That's OK. Put me down for two-hundred,' and I called the guy those two big words twice. After the game Birdie called me into his office and said, 'Joe, my son, be professional. Don't say things like that,' and after that I didn't." - Joe Azcue in Tales from the Tribe Dugout (Russell Schneider, , Sports Publishing LLC, 'Joe Azcue,' 02/13/2002, Page 8)
Joe Azcue

Joe Azcue Autograph on a 1967 Topps Baseball Card (#336 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1967top01' title='1967 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)
Joe Azcue Autograph on a 1967 Topps Baseball Card (#336 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Jose Joaquin (Lopez) Azcue
Nickname:
The Immortal Azcue
Born On:
08-18-1939  (Leo)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Cienfuegos, Cuba
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Undetermined
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
200
First Game:
08-03-1960 (Age 20)
Last Game:
09-29-1972
Draft:
Not Applicable
Joe Azcue

Joe Azcue Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
- - Did Not Pitch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
Joe Azcue

Joe Azcue Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1960 21 Reds 14 31 1 3 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 6 0 0 0 0 .097 .152 .097
1962 23 Athletics 72 223 18 51 9 1 2 0 25 17 7 27 1 4 3 3 .229 .287 .305
1963 24 Athletics 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1963 24 Indians 94 320 26 91 16 0 14 0 46 15 1 46 1 3 0 13 .284 .314 .466
1964 25 Indians 83 271 20 74 9 1 4 0 34 16 2 38 1 4 2 4 .273 .314 .358
1965 26 Indians 111 335 16 77 7 0 2 0 35 27 8 54 2 4 3 15 .230 .290 .269
1966 27 Indians 98 302 22 83 10 1 9 0 37 20 5 22 1 5 2 6 .275 .319 .404
1967 28 Indians 86 295 33 74 12 5 11 0 34 22 0 35 1 3 3 8 .251 .307 .437
1968 29 Indians 115 357 23 100 10 0 4 0 42 28 5 33 2 2 0 9 .280 .331 .342
1969 30 Indians 7 24 1 7 0 0 1 0 1 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 .292 .393 .417
1969 30 Red Sox 19 51 7 11 2 0 0 0 3 4 1 5 0 0 0 3 .216 .273 .255
1969 30 Angels 80 248 15 54 6 0 1 0 19 27 11 28 1 4 2 14 .218 .295 .254
1970 31 Angels 114 351 19 85 13 1 2 0 25 24 4 40 1 3 2 12 .242 .292 .302
1972 33 Angels 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1972 33 Brewers 11 14 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 0 0 0 0 .143 .200 .143
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
11 Years 909 2,828 201 712 94 9 50 0 304 207 45 344 11 32 17 87 .252 .304 .344
Joe Azcue

Joe Azcue Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1960 Reds C 14 6 222 72 5.1 72 66 6 0 0 1 3 3 1.000 8.76
1962 Athletics C 70 64 1,661 411 5.9 405 363 42 6 5 11 22 16 .985 6.58
1963 Athletics C 1 0 15 5 5.0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 9.00
1963 Indians C 91 84 2,211 611 6.7 606 564 42 5 13 6 25 18 .992 7.40
1964 Indians C 76 70 1,899 550 7.2 546 510 36 4 2 16 22 15 .993 7.76
1965 Indians C 108 97 2,535 772 7.1 767 714 53 5 2 14 29 19 .994 8.17
1966 Indians C 97 87 2,322 635 6.5 628 588 40 7 3 12 17 28 .989 7.30
1967 Indians C 86 80 2,198 694 8.1 693 636 57 1 4 17 19 19 .999 8.51
1968 Indians C 97 90 2,393 752 7.8 749 699 50 3 11 9 24 23 .996 8.45
1969 Indians C 6 6 180 51 8.5 50 46 4 1 2 0 3 2 .980 7.50
1969 Red Sox C 19 14 399 106 5.6 104 90 14 2 3 2 4 5 .981 7.04
1969 Angels C 80 75 1,950 493 6.2 489 437 52 4 10 10 31 24 .992 6.77
1970 Angels C 112 98 2,675 644 5.8 638 587 51 6 10 17 42 24 .991 6.44
1972 Angels C 2 0 6 4 2.0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 18.00
1972 Brewers C 9 2 113 25 2.8 25 20 5 0 2 2 2 3 1.000 5.97
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
C Totals 868 773 20,779 5,825 6.7 5,781 5,329 452 44 67 117 243 199 .992 7.51
11 Years 868 773 20,779 5,825 6.7 5,781 5,329 452 44 67 117 243 199 .992 7.51
Joe Azcue

Joe Azcue Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1960 Reds 0 1 .000 2 0 n/a 0.0 5.2 10.3 - - -
1962 Athletics 1 0 1.000 2 0 n/a 111.5 8.3 8.9 - - -
1963 Athletics 0 0 .000 2 0 n/a 0.0 4.0 0.0 - - -
1963 Indians 1 1 .500 7 0 n/a 22.9 7.0 7.0 - - -
1964 Indians 0 2 .000 8 0 n/a 67.8 7.1 8.0 - - -
1965 Indians 2 1 .667 10 0 n/a 167.5 6.2 9.6 - - -
1966 Indians 0 2 .000 3 1 n/a 33.6 13.7 8.2 - - -
1967 Indians 0 3 .000 2 0 n/a 26.8 8.4 8.7 - - -
1968 Indians 1 1 .500 21 0 n/a 89.3 10.8 8.5 - - -
1969 Indians 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 24.0 8.0 24.0 - - -
1969 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 10.2 17.0 - - -
1969 Angels 0 1 .000 3 1 n/a 248.0 8.9 13.1 - - -
1970 Angels 0 0 .000 4 0 n/a 175.5 8.8 14.0 - - -
1972 Angels 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 0.0 2.0 0.0 - - -
1972 Brewers 0 0 .000 3 0 n/a 0.0 2.8 0.0 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
11 Years 5 12 .294 69 2 n/a 56.6 8.2 9.3 - - -
Joe Azcue

Joe Azcue Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1960 Cincinnati Reds 9 Undetermined - -
1962 Kansas City Athletics 10 Undetermined - -
1963 Kansas City Athletics 10 Undetermined - -
1963 Cleveland Indians 6 Undetermined - -
1964 Cleveland Indians 6 Undetermined - -
1965 Cleveland Indians 6 Undetermined - -
1966 Cleveland Indians 6 Undetermined - -
1967 Cleveland Indians 7 Undetermined - -
1968 Cleveland Indians 6 Undetermined Stats -
1969 Cleveland Indians 6 $26,500.00 - -
1969 Boston Red Sox 1 "     " - -
1969 California Angels 2 "     " - -
1970 California Angels 2 $26,500.00 - -
1972 California Angels 31 Undetermined - -
1972 Milwaukee Brewers 17 $23,000.00 - -


Did you know that Joe Azcue was named one of the 100 Greatest Cleveland Indians Players Top 100 Greatest Indians and Azcue was named one of the seven catchers. One (of many) reason why:

Joe Azcue had the best fielding percentage in the American League while catching for the Cleveland Indians in 1967 (.999) and 1968 (.996) - no Indians backstop has ever led the league in fielding percentage since The Immortal Cuban, and only one other Cleveland catcher before Azcue led the league more than once. Do you know it was? [ Answer ]

The Washington Senators (1961-1971) turned an unassisted triple play on July 30, 1968 , the only one in franchise history (including after their relocation, where they became the modern day Texas Rangers in 1972). Why did we mention this here on The Immortal Cuban's online baseball card? Because Azcue made the play possible, he was the batter who hit into the triple play!

After hanging up his catcher's mask, Joe Azcue had a .992 fielding percentage, second highest in baseball history, behind Elston Howard . [Source: Baseball Reference ]

Last-Modified: July 21, 2019 4:14 AM EST

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