José Zardón, Cuban baseball player, Died at 93

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José Antonio Zardón Sánchez was born on May 20, 1923, in Havana, Cuba and died on March 21, 2017.

He was a professional baseball outfielder.

Zardon played one season in Major League Baseball for the Washington Senators in 1945. The 22-year-old rookie stood 6’0″ and weighed 150 pounds.

He is one of many ballplayers who only appeared in the major leagues during World War II.

Zardón made his major league debut on April 18, 1945, in a road game against the Philadelphia Athletics at Shibe Park.

Zardón’s season, and career, totals include 54 games played, a .290 batting average (38-for-131), 13 runs batted in, 13 runs scored, and a .374 slugging percentage.

During his 43 outfield appearances he handled 106 of 109 chances successfully, and his .972 fielding percentage was just a shade below the league average.

He was a member of the 1947 Havana Cubans, considered one of the top teams in minor league history.

Zardón died in Tamarac, Florida.

José Zardón passed away at 93 years old.

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