Tony Ordeñana

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Tony Ordeñana
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Born:(1918-10-30)October 30, 1918
Guanabacoa, Cuba
Died: September 29, 1988(1988-09-29) (aged 69)
Miami, Florida
Batted: RightThrew: Right
MLB debut
October 3, 1943, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 1943, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Batting average .500
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 3

Antonio Ordeñana Rodríguez [Or-deh-nyahna] (October 30, 1918 – September 29, 1988), nicknamed "Mosquito", was a Major League Baseball shortstop who appeared in one game for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1943. The 5'9", 158 lb. rookie was a native of Guanabacoa, Cuba. He was born on October 30, 1918 in Guanabacoa, Havana, Cuba.

Ordeñana is one of many ballplayers who only appeared in the major leagues during World War II. His major league debut was on October 3, 1943, and he was in the starting lineup at home against the Philadelphia Phillies for the last game of the season. The Pirates lost the game 11–3, but Ordeñana went 2-for-4 and drove in all three runs against starter and winner Roger McKee. Ordeñana truly was a "one-game wonder"...excellent in the field as well as with the bat. He recorded two putouts, five assists, no errors, and participated in one double play.

Ordeñana died at the age of 69 in Miami, Florida.

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