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Orlando Cepeda, Giants legend and Hall of Famer, dead at 86

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San Francisco Giants legend and Baseball Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda "passed away peacefully" on Friday night, his family confirmed in a statement to the team. He was 86. 

"Our beloved Orlando passed away peacefully at home this evening, listening to his favorite music and surrounded by his loved ones," his wife, Nydia, said in a statement shared by the Giants on Friday. 

Orlando Cepeda, of the S.F. Giants, during spring training. (Getty Images)

"We take comfort that he is at peace."


A cause of death was not released. The heartbreaking news of Cepeda’s passing comes just a little over a week after the death of former Giants teammate Willie Mays. 

"What another gut punch," Giants manager Bob Melvin said of the difficult month for the organization. "Another incredible personality. Just beloved here, the statue out front. The numbers he put up. There are a lot of legends here. He was certainly right in the middle of that. To have it so close in proximity to Willie, it’s kind of staggering."

(l-r) San Francisco Giants' Orlando Cepeda, Willie Mays at the Polo Grounds in New York, NY, on September 11, 1963. (Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)

Cepeda, nicknamed "The Baby Bull," played first base during his 17 seasons in the majors, beginning with the Giants. He also spent time with St. Louis, Atlanta, Oakland, Boston and Kansas City. In the spring of 1969, Cepeda was traded by the Cardinals to the Braves for Joe Torre.


Named the 1958 NL Rookie of the Year with San Francisco and NL MVP in 1967 with St. Louis, Cepeda would play in