Angel Bravo played for the Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres in his brief Major League career. He was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, the same city that produced Hall of Fame shortstop Luis Aparicio, and was signed as a free agent in 1963.
Angel was called up by the White Sox from Tucson (their class AAA farm club in the Pacific Coast League) on June 6, 1969. I watched his first game on WFLD (channel 32 in Chicago). He started in center field, batted eighth and went 2 for 3 in that game. Jack Drees, the play-by-play man for the White Sox, never bothered to mention that Angel was making his debut.
Angel was sent back down to Tucson and recalled a couple more times, spending September with the White Sox, who by that time were battling with the Seattle Pilots for last place in the American League West. He ended the season with a .289 average, one home run and three runs batted in.
Over the winter, he was traded to Cincinnati. He was up and down with the Reds, but had a decent year (.277, no home runs, three RBI in 65 games) in 1970. He was traded to San Diego in 1971 and spent most of the year and all of 1972 in the minors. From 1973 to 1976, he played in the Mexican League, then went back to Venezuela. Currently, he’s a hitting coach for the La Guaira Tiburones (Sharks) of the Venezuelan League.
Angel had the distinction of playing for the Indianapolis Indians twice, the first time when it was the White Sox’ Class AAA farm club, the second time when it was the Reds’ AAA farm club. In the same way, he played for the Hawaiian Islanders twice, once in the White Sox organization and again in the Padres organization.
It’s a shame he didn’t play in the majors longer. His is one of the great names in Major League Baseball history.
(picture courtesy baseball-almanac.com)
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