Cesar Geronimo Stats

Cesar Geronimo was born on Thursday, March 11, 1948, in El Seibo, El Seibo, Dominican Republic. Geronimo was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 16, 1969, with the Houston Astros. 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 Cesar Geronimo baseball stats page.

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"My dream as a boy always had been to play alongside Mickey Mantle . The Yankees as a team were my heroes. But at this minute ( 1976 World Series ), I would not want to trade uniforms." - Cesar Geronimo (Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame, Cesar Geronimo: Class of 2008, Source )

Cesar Geronimo

Cesar Geronimo Autograph on a 1984 Topps (#544)

Cesar Geronimo Autograph on a 1984 Topps (#544)

Birth Name:
César Francisco Gerónimo Zorrilla
Nickname:
The Chief
Born On:
03-11-1948  (Pisces)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
El Seibo, El Seibo, Dominican Republic
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Santo Tomas de Aquino (El Seibo, Dominican Republic)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-02
Player Weight Chart Weight:
170
First Game:
04-16-1969 (Age 21)
Last Game:
08-28-1983
Draft:
Undrafted Free Agent

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Cesar Geronimo Pitching Stats

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Cesar Geronimo Hitting Stats

1969 21 Astros 28 8 8 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .375
1970 22 Astros 47 37 5 9 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 5 1 1 1 2 .243 .293 .243
1971 23 Astros 94 82 13 18 2 2 1 0 6 5 0 31 1 0 0 0 .220 .264 .329
1972 24 Reds 120 255 32 70 9 7 4 0 29 24 7 64 3 0 3 5 .275 .344 .412
1973 25 Reds 139 324 35 68 14 3 4 0 33 23 3 74 4 4 3 5 .210 .266 .309
1974 26 Reds 150 474 73 133 17 8 7 1 54 46 11 96 5 3 2 8 .281 .345 .395
1975 27 Reds 148 501 69 129 25 5 6 0 53 48 8 97 3 1 4 7 .257 .327 .363
1976 28 Reds 149 486 59 149 24 11 2 0 49 56 13 95 2 5 6 6 .307 .382 .414
1977 29 Reds 149 492 54 131 22 4 10 0 52 35 13 89 5 1 5 11 .266 .321 .388
1978 30 Reds 122 296 28 67 15 1 5 0 27 43 10 67 8 1 3 5 .226 .329 .334
1979 31 Reds 123 356 38 85 17 4 4 0 38 37 11 56 3 2 2 8 .239 .312 .343
1980 32 Reds 103 145 16 37 5 0 2 0 9 14 3 24 2 1 0 2 .255 .319 .331
1981 33 Royals 59 118 14 29 0 2 2 0 13 11 2 16 2 2 0 3 .246 .305 .331
1982 34 Royals 53 119 14 32 6 3 4 0 23 8 2 16 0 4 0 5 .269 .305 .471
1983 35 Royals 38 87 2 18 4 0 0 0 4 2 0 13 0 0 2 1 .207 .242 .253
15 Years 1,522 3,780 460 977 161 50 51 1 392 354 83 746 39 25 31 68 .258 .325 .368

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Cesar Geronimo Fielding Stats

1969 Astros CF 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1969 Astros LF 4 0 21 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1969 Astros RF 4 0 12 2 0.5 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.50
1970 Astros CF 5 1 51 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1970 Astros LF 12 1 84 4 0.3 3 3 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .750 0.96
1970 Astros RF 10 2 105 11 1.1 10 9 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .909 2.57
1971 Astros CF 3 0 9 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1971 Astros LF 47 2 327 22 0.5 21 20 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .955 1.73
1971 Astros RF 16 11 315 20 1.3 20 20 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.71
1972 Reds CF 22 2 168 16 0.7 15 14 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .938 2.41
1972 Reds RF 91 58 1,794 147 1.6 145 136 9 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .986 2.18
1973 Reds CF 104 73 2,088 228 2.2 226 219 7 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .991 2.92
1973 Reds RF 26 11 417 31 1.2 31 29 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.01
1974 Reds CF 145 114 3,282 380 2.6 375 363 12 5 2 n/a n/a n/a .987 3.09
1975 Reds CF 148 128 3,564 422 2.9 419 408 11 3 5 n/a n/a n/a .993 3.17
1976 Reds CF 146 12 3,357 399 2.7 393 390 3 6 2 n/a n/a n/a .985 3.16
1977 Reds CF 147 131 3,561 384 2.6 381 372 9 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .992 2.89
1978 Reds CF 115 85 2,436 261 2.3 256 252 4 5 1 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.84
1979 Reds CF 118 96 2,679 309 2.6 307 296 11 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .994 3.09
1980 Reds CF 86 27 1,074 116 1.3 116 114 2 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.92
1981 Royals CF 3 2 48 5 1.7 5 5 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.81
1981 Royals LF 5 3 84 7 1.4 7 7 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
1981 Royals RF 50 26 813 87 1.7 85 84 1 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .977 2.82
1982 Royals CF 32 17 591 71 2.2 71 70 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.24
1982 Royals LF 10 6 183 20 2.0 20 19 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.95
1982 Royals RF 3 2 48 3 1.0 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.69
1983 Royals CF 5 1 33 2 0.4 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.64
1983 Royals LF 9 4 138 15 1.7 14 13 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .933 2.74
1983 Royals RF 23 16 444 54 2.3 54 53 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.28
CF Totals 1,080 689 22,944 2,593 2.4 2,566 2,505 61 27 17 n/a n/a n/a .990 3.02
RF Totals 223 126 3,948 355 1.6 350 336 14 5 1 n/a n/a n/a .986 2.39
LF Totals 87 16 837 68 0.8 65 62 3 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .956 2.10
15 Years 1,390 831 27,729 3,016 2.2 2,981 2,903 78 35 18 n/a n/a n/a .988 2.90

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Cesar Geronimo Miscellaneous Stats

1969 Astros 0 0 .000 6 16 n/a 0.0 2.7 0.0 - - -
1970 Astros 0 0 .000 14 16 n/a 0.0 7.4 18.5 - - -
1971 Astros 2 2 .500 11 30 n/a 82.0 2.6 13.7 - - -
1972 Reds 2 7 .222 16 14 n/a 63.8 4.0 8.8 - - -
1973 Reds 5 5 .500 8 12 n/a 81.0 4.4 9.8 - - -
1974 Reds 9 5 .643 9 3 n/a 67.7 4.9 8.8 - - -
1975 Reds 13 5 .722 3 3 n/a 83.5 5.2 9.5 - - -
1976 Reds 22 5 .815 6 2 n/a 243.0 5.1 9.9 - - -
1977 Reds 10 4 .714 7 1 n/a 49.2 5.5 9.5 - - -
1978 Reds 8 3 .727 12 4 n/a 59.2 4.4 11.0 - - -
1979 Reds 1 1 .500 10 3 n/a 89.0 6.4 9.4 - - -
1980 Reds 2 1 .667 25 1 n/a 72.5 6.0 16.1 - - -
1981 Royals 6 1 .857 6 6 0 59.0 7.4 9.1 - - -
1982 Royals 2 0 1.000 10 3 1 29.8 7.4 5.2 - - -
1983 Royals 0 1 .000 6 3 0 0.0 6.7 21.8 - - -
15 Years 82 40 .672 149 117 1 74.1 5.1 9.6 - - -

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Cesar Geronimo Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1969 Houston Astros 34 Undetermined - -
1970 Houston Astros 20 Undetermined - -
1971 Houston Astros 20 Undetermined - -
1972 Cincinnati Reds 20 Undetermined - Stats
1973 Cincinnati Reds 20 Undetermined - -
1974 Cincinnati Reds 20 Undetermined - -
1975 Cincinnati Reds 20 $70,500.00 - Stats
1976 Cincinnati Reds 20 $80,000.00 - Stats
1977 Cincinnati Reds 20 $100,000.00 - -
1978 Cincinnati Reds 20 Undetermined - -
1979 Cincinnati Reds 20 Undetermined - -
1980 Cincinnati Reds 20 Undetermined - -
1981 Kansas City Royals 23 Undetermined - -
1982 Kansas City Royals 23 Undetermined - -
1983 Kansas City Royals 23 Undetermined - -
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In 1958, Frank Robinson became the first Cincinnati Reds outfielder to win a Gold Glove Award . Three years later, Vada Pinson was the second recipient. Pete Rose , 1969 to 1970, was the first Reds two-time winner. Cesar Geronimo was the first Reds outfielder to win three, the first to win four, and he won all four of them consecutively - a feat not matched by any player in Reds history since Geronimo (1974 through 1977).

Did you know that Cesar Geronimo was a two-time World Series champion, winning back-to-back rings with the Cincinnati Reds during the 1975 World Series and 1976 World Series ? Did you know that in 2008, the Cincinnati Reds inducted Geronimo into the Reds Hall of Fame ( Source ) where his biography reads:

When the Reds acquired Cesar Geronimo in the blockbuster deal that brought Reds Hall of Famer Joe Morgan to Cincinnati prior to the 1972 season, few would have predicted that Geronimo would become the centerfielder who would anchor the outfield of the Big Red Machine teams that dominated baseball in the 1970s. After all, Geronimo had been little more than a late-inning defensive replacement and pinch-runner in parts of three seasons with the Astros. The Dominican native had not even started playing baseball until he was 17, two years before the Yankees signed him to a contract after watching him play on his father's softball team. The Astros, who drafted him out of New York's minor league system, also recognized the raw talent the Yankees had seen but there was no talk of Geronimo becoming a star largely because it was believed that he would never hit enough to hold down a starting position at the Major League level.

Upon his arrival in Cincinnati, Geronimo fell under the tutelage of hitting coach Ted Kluszewski , a Reds Hall of Famer renowned for his ability to hit for power while also demonstrating tremendous discipline at the plate. The former Reds slugger instructed Geronimo to eliminate the upper cut from his swing and to start to hit down on the ball to better take advantage of his speed on ground balls. The advice paid immediate dividends as the formerly light-hitting Geronimo hit a solid .275 in limited action in 1972. Injuries contributed to a .210 mark in 1973 but rebounded to hit .281 in 1974. Geronimo's peak offensive season occurred two years later when he batted .307 for the World Champion Reds of 1976. The successful offensive campaign in 1976 was preceded by a seven hit, two home run performance in the Reds' seven game victory over the Boston Red Sox in the 1975 World Series .

Impressive though Geronimo's offensive development may have been, it was his defense that made him truly special. Reds Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson described his defense as "ungodly" and his contemporaries compared his arm to that of Roberto Clemente when Clemente was at his peak. Kluszewski suggested that Geronimo was "like a center in basketball - he intimidates you. Not only is his arm incredibly strong, it's also accurate. No one, I mean no one, runs on him." "Cannon." "Rifle." Any such superlative aptly described the left arm of Cesar Geronimo. So powerful was his arm that the Reds briefly considered converting him into a pitcher after they acquired him.

Geronimo's arm was matched only by his uncommon grace in patrolling centerfield. His long, smooth strides allowed him to close on fly balls that most outfielders simply could not get to in time. A track coach once measured Geronimo's stride at nine feet, nearly two more feet than that of the average runner. He excelled at making the spectacular look routine, at turning diving catches into easy outs. Geronimo's prowess in the outfield resulted in four consecutive Gold Glove awards from 1974 - 1977. Teammates and Reds Hall of Famers Johnny Bench , Dave Concepcion and Joe Morgan are the only Reds players to win more Gold Gloves than Geronimo's four.

While acknowledged for his defense Geronimo's contributions to the Reds success in the 1970s was often lost amidst the glare of players like Bench , Morgan , Pete Rose and Tony Perez . Despite being an outstanding defender and solid hitter for baseball's best team, Geronimo was never named to an All-Star team. Even in 1976, when he hit a career best .307, stole 22 bases and posted a .414 on base percentage, he was not included on an All-Star team that featured seven of his teammates; the very teammates that were the first to attest to Geronimo's essential role in the team's success.

If Cesar Geronimo was under appreciated outside of Cincinnati, Reds players and Reds fans knew full well how special he was. It is difficult to convince this group that there was ever a better centerfielder than the man they called "The Chief".

Cesar Geronimo once said ( The Gigantic Book of Baseball Quotations , Wayne Stewart, Skyhorse Publishing, 10/17/2007, Page 575), "I was just in the right place at the right time." The quote was made on July 4, 1980 , after Geronimo became the 3,000 strikeout for future Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan . However, the quote wasn't only due to that strikeout, it was because Geronimo was also the 3,000 strikeout for Bob Gibson on July 17, 1974 !

Last-Modified: August 21, 2018 10:52 AM EST

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