Frankie Librán

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Francisco Librán
Born:(1948-05-06)May 6, 1948
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Died: May 16, 2013(2013-05-16) (aged 65)
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Batted: RightThrew: Right
MLB debut
September 3, 1969, for the San Diego Padres
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 1969, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
Batting average .100
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 1

Francisco Librán Rosas (May 6, 1948 – May 16, 2013) was a Puerto Rican athlete who distinguished himself for performing professionally on all three major sports in the island (baseball, basketball, volleyball). Most notably, Librán played as an infielder in Major League Baseball during the late 60s. He batted and threw right-handed, and was listed at 6 ft (1.8 m) tall and 168 lb (76 kg). Librán also practiced track and field, and softball. Because of his versatility, he is usually referred to as "the most complete Puerto Rican athlete". He is survived by his two daughters Yeidie J. Librán and Yara E. Librán. [1]

Puerto Rico Unincorporated territory of the United States

Puerto Rico, officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and briefly called Porto Rico, is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the northeast Caribbean Sea, approximately 1,000 miles (1,600 km) southeast of Miami, Florida.

An infielder is a baseball player stationed at one of four defensive "infield" positions on the baseball field.

Major League Baseball Professional baseball league

Major League Baseball (MLB) is a professional baseball organization, the oldest of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. A total of 30 teams play in the National League (NL) and American League (AL), with 15 teams in each league. The NL and AL were formed as separate legal entities in 1876 and 1901 respectively. After cooperating but remaining legally separate entities beginning in 1903, the leagues merged into a single organization led by the Commissioner of Baseball in 2000. The organization also oversees Minor League Baseball, which comprises 256 teams affiliated with the Major League clubs. With the World Baseball Softball Confederation, MLB manages the international World Baseball Classic tournament.


Early life and education

Librán was born in 1948 in Mayagüez, and was raised at the Franklin D. Roosevelt housing project. He started practicing sports when he was 10 years old. Librán studied at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, where he competed for the Liga Atlética Interuniversitaria de Puerto Rico. [1]

Mayagüez, Puerto Rico Municipality of Puerto Rico (U.S.)

Mayagüez is the eighth-largest municipality of Puerto Rico (U.S.). It was founded as Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, and is also known as La Sultana del Oeste, Ciudad de las Aguas Puras, or Ciudad del Mangó. On April 6, 1894, the Spanish Crown gave it the formal title of Excelente Ciudad de Mayagüez. Mayagüez is located in the center of the western coast on the island of Puerto Rico. It is a principal city of the Mayagüez Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Mayagüez–San Germán–Cabo Rojo Combined Statistical Area.

Interamerican University of Puerto Rico

The Inter American University of Puerto Rico is a private, co-educational, and Christian university in Puerto Rico. It was founded in 1912 in San Germán, Puerto Rico. The University has campuses in Aguadilla, Arecibo, Barranquitas, Bayamón, Fajardo, Guayama, Ponce, San Juan, and San Germán. The university also has three professional schools: School of Optometry, School of Law, and the School of Aeronautics. The Inter offers academic programs in 11 teaching units. The San Germán campus is also the home to the Inter American School, a private co-educational college-preparatory school.

Liga Atlética Interuniversitaria de Puerto Rico

The Liga Atlética Interuniversitaria de Puerto Rico, often abbreviated LAI, is a college athletics conference in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The LAI is a non-profit organization whose main purpose is to regulate sports amongst its member institutions. The league was founded in 1929 by Cosme Beitía of the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, Charles Leker for the Instituto Politécnico de San Germán, and Luis Izquierdo Galo y José D. Morales from the Colegio de Agricultura y Artes Mecanicas of Mayagüez. The league is best known for its flagship inter-collegiate sports event popularly called Las Justas which takes place yearly during the month of April, generally in the city of Ponce.

Sports career

During his career as an athlete, Librán distinguished himself for practicing several sports. He played for the Vaqueros de Bayamón of the Puerto Rico volleyball league, and in 1965 played for the Atléticos de San Germán of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional. He also practiced track and field and high jump.

Liga de Voleibol Superior Masculino

The Liga de Voleibol Superior Masculino (LVSM) is a men's professional volleyball league in Puerto Rico. The competitions are organized by the Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation.

Atléticos de San Germán Puerto Rican basketball team

The Atléticos de San Germán is a basketball team of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional based in San Germán, Puerto Rico.

Baloncesto Superior Nacional the first tier level mens professional basketball league in Puerto Rico

The Baloncesto Superior Nacional, abbreviated as BSN, is the first tier level professional men's basketball league in Puerto Rico. It was founded in 1929 and is organized by the Puerto Rican Basketball Federation.

However, Librán became more known for his career as a baseball player. Although he played mostly as a shortstop, he could also play second and third base. In 1965, while also playing basketball, Librán helped the Patrulleros de San Sebastián of the Doble A Baseball League in Puerto Rico to win the championship. He also played with San Juan, Arecibo, and Caguas in the Puerto Rico Professional Baseball League.

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Second baseman defensive position in baseball and softball, played on the right side of the infield near second base

In baseball and softball, second baseman is a fielding position in the infield, between second and first base. The second baseman often possesses quick hands and feet, needs the ability to get rid of the ball quickly, and must be able to make the pivot on a double play. In addition, second basemen are usually right-handed; only four left-handed throwing players have ever played second base in Major League Baseball since 1950. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the second baseman is assigned the number 4.

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In 1968, Librán was signed by the Chicago Cubs of the Major League Baseball, and spent that season split between two Class A Cub affiliates. The following April 25, while a member of the Cubs' Double-A San Antonio Missions team, he was traded to the Padres (then in their maiden season as expansion team in the major leagues) with pitchers Joe Niekro and Gary Ross for pitcher Dick Selma. He remained with the Missions all season and was added to the San Diego roster after September 1.

Chicago Cubs Baseball team and Major League Baseball franchise in Chicago, Illinois, United States

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The San Antonio Missions are a Minor League Baseball team of the Pacific Coast League and the Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. They are located in San Antonio, Texas, and are named for The Alamo, originally a Spanish mission located in San Antonio. The Missions play their home games at Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium, which opened in 1994 and seats over 6,200 people with a total capacity of over 9,000.

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Librán made his Major League debut as a shortstop in the 1969 season. In his debut game, Librán went hitless in two at bats against Woodie Fryman of the Philadelphia Phillies. [2] Thirteen days later, he collected his only major league hit, an RBI-double off Tom Griffin of the Houston Astros. [3] Librán played in ten games as a Major Leaguer.

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In baseball statistics, a hit, also called a base hit, is credited to a batter when the batter safely reaches first base after hitting the ball into fair territory, without the benefit of an error or a fielder's choice.

Woodie Fryman American baseball player

Woodrow Thompson Fryman was a Major League Baseball pitcher. A two-time National League All-Star, he helped lead the Detroit Tigers to the 1972 American League Championship Series.

After suffering a knee injury, Librán was sent to the minor leagues, where he played for two more years. He left the game after the 1971 campaign. Despite this injury, Librán continued to play in Puerto Rico for teams like Senadores de San Juan, Lobos de Arecibo, Criollos de Caguas, and Indios de Mayagüez. [4]

After retiring from baseball, Librán played softball for Mayagüez from 1977 to 1987.

Later years and death

After retiring from sports, Librán completed his college studies in education, and worked for 23 years for the Puerto Rico Department of Housing in Mayagüez.

Librán died on May 16, 2013 due to complications from a surgery as a result of his condition of diabetes. His body was exposed at Martell Funeral Home in Mayagüez, and buried at Vivaldi Cemetery. Francisco Librán is survived by his two daughters Yeidie J. Librán and Yara E. Librán.

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