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Subject: Benny Valenzuela, Baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals)

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Date Posted: Saturday, October 27, 11:07:38am

Benjamin Beltrn Valenzuela (June 2, 1933 October 24, 2018) was a Mexican professional baseball player, a third baseman who appeared in ten Major League Baseball games for the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1958 season. Nicknamed "Papelero" in his native Mexico, he threw and batted right-handed, stood 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall and weighed 175 pounds (79 kg).

His abbreviated MLB service notwithstanding, Valenzuela played 20 years in professional baseball (195271), with the last decade spent exclusively in the Double-A Mexican League and lower-classification Mexican minor leagues. After beginning his career with unaffiliated clubs in the lower minor leagues, he was drafted into the Cardinal organization in 1955. After hitting .314 and .286 in consecutive seasons with the Double-A Houston Buffaloes in 195657, he received early- and late-season auditions with the 1958 Redbirds, spending the bulk of that year with Triple-A Omaha.

He singled in his first MLB at bat off Johnny Podres of the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 27,
but overall collected only three hits in 14 at bats with a base on balls during his lone big-league campaign. At the close of the 1958 season, Valenzuela was traded to the San Francisco Giants in a five-player transaction that netted the Cardinals right-handed pitcher Ernie Broglio.

After his playing retirement, he became manager of the Alijadores de Tampico in the Mexican League.

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