Chico Carrasquel was born on Monday, January 23, 1928, in Caracas, Distrito Capital, Venezuela. Carrasquel was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 18, 1950, with the Chicago White Sox. 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 Chico Carrasquel baseball stats page.
" Chico Carrasquel : Some used to criticize Chico for not speaking English. His response to that was, "I let my glove do the talking." Known as the "Father of Venezuelan shortstops" in his South American homeland, he led the way for such shortsop luminaries as Luis Aparicio , Dave Concepcion , Ozzie Guillen and Omar Vizquel ." - Author Rich Marazzi in Baseball Players of the 1950s: A Biographical Dictionary of All 1,560 Major Leaguer (McFarland Publishing, 11/30/2009, Page 58)
Chico 'El Gato' Carrasquel Autograph on a 1957 Topps Baseball Card (#67 | Checklist )
Chico Carrasquel Pitching Stats
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Chico Carrasquel Hitting Stats
Chico Carrasquel Fielding Stats
|1950 White Sox||SS||141||141||3,655||720||5.1||692||234||458||28||113||n/a||n/a||n/a||.961||5.11|
|1951 White Sox||SS||147||144||3,829||797||5.4||777||300||477||20||107||n/a||n/a||n/a||.975||5.48|
|1952 White Sox||SS||99||97||2,573||440||4.4||424||176||248||16||50||n/a||n/a||n/a||.964||4.45|
|1953 White Sox||SS||149||148||3,917||758||5.1||740||278||462||18||87||n/a||n/a||n/a||.976||5.10|
|1954 White Sox||SS||155||155||4,128||792||5.1||772||280||492||20||102||n/a||n/a||n/a||.975||5.05|
|1955 White Sox||SS||144||135||3,604||664||4.6||646||222||424||18||81||n/a||n/a||n/a||.973||4.84|
Chico Carrasquel Miscellaneous Stats
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|1950 White Sox||0||2||.000||0||0||n/a||131.0||11.4||11.4||-||-||-|
|1951 White Sox||14||4||.778||0||0||n/a||269.0||13.8||9.3||-||-||-|
|1952 White Sox||2||2||.500||1||0||n/a||359.0||13.3||8.5||-||-||-|
|1953 White Sox||5||3||.625||0||0||n/a||276.0||11.7||11.7||-||-||-|
|1954 White Sox||7||6||.538||0||0||n/a||51.7||9.3||10.0||-||-||-|
|1955 White Sox||1||1||.500||4||0||n/a||47.5||8.9||10.1||-||-||-|
Chico Carrasquel Miscellaneous Items of Interest
Alfonso Carrasquel was a Major League Baseball player for the Chicago White Sox (19501955), Cleveland Indians (19561958), Kansas City Athletics (1958) and Baltimore Orioles (1959). Chico, as he was commonly known, was the third major leaguer from Venezuela , joining his uncle, Alex Carrasquel (1939) and Chucho Ramos (1944). Carrasquel started as as the son of beer salesmen, became an incredibly smooth fielding shortstop, a four-time All-Star, and passed away so much more than that...
Former White Sox shortstop Chico Carrasquel passes away
CHICAGO - Alfonso "Chico" Carrasquel, a beloved member of the Chicago White Sox family for nearly six decades, died today at his home in Caracas, Venezuela , at age 77. Carrasquel reportedly died of a heart attack caused by complications from a long battle with diabetes.
"Venezuela lost one of its heroes today," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen , the first native of Venezuela to manage a major-league club in his second season with the Sox. "As the first great Venezuelan shortstop, Chico helped put our country on the baseball map. I am honored and proud to have known him as a friend and will miss seeing him in my office each day at the ballpark. He was such a great friend, person and role model for young players."
The first in a line of legendary Venezuelan shortstops to play on the South Side, Carrasquel's place in the baseball record books and the hearts of Venezuelans is secure, and he will be remembered for being an All-Star on the field and a great man in the community. He was succeeded at shortstop for the White Sox by a fellow Venezuelan , Hall-of-Famer Luis Aparicio .
"I was saddened to hear of the passing of Chico Carrasquel," Aparicio said today from his home in Venezuela. "Chico was my hero and mentor. He took me under his wing, and I'm grateful to him for making me the ballplayer that I turned out to be."
Carrasquel made his major-league debut on April 19, 1950, quickly becoming a fan favorite with a 24-game hitting streak during his rookie season, which remains the fifth-longest streak in club history. A member of the early Go-Go White Sox teams from 1950-55, he led the American League in fielding in 1951, '53 and '54 and was recognized as the first Latin American native to earn an All-Star berth (1951).
He played for four teams during his career, retiring with 1,199 hits, nearly 500 walks and 474 RBI in 10 major-league seasons with four All-Star appearances.
Beginning in 1990, Carrasquel spent seven years as a color commentator for Spanish-language broadcasts of White Sox games. Carrasquel was a familiar face among White Sox fans, working as a longtime member of the club's community relations staff and a beloved member of the Chicago White Sox family. He was known for his gentle nature, his pride in his home country and his life-long love of baseball.
On U.S. Cellular Field's Opening Day in 2004 - Guillen's first as manager of the White Sox - Carrasquel joined Guillen, Aparicio and Guillen's boyhood hero, Dave Concepcion , in an historic gathering of great Venezuelan shortstops.
Source: Major League Baseball Press Release. © 2005 MLB Advanced Media, L.P.
Did you know that Chico Carrasquel was the first Latin player selected to start in an All-Star Game ? In 1951 , Chico beat future Hall of Famer Phil Rizzuto in fan balloting and started the 1951 Midsummer Classic at shortstop. Two additional Hispanic players made the roster that year, outfielder Minnie Minoso and pitcher Connie Marrero , both from Cuba , but neither were given an opportunity to play during the All-Star contest.
Did you know that Chico Carrasquel, nine days after the All-Star Game, ended a streak of errorless chances accepted by a shortstop, breaking a Rizzuto fielding record? A newspaper clipping appears below, but it does not mention who broke Chico's record, eighteen years later - do you know who it was? [ Answer ]
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