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Juan Pizarro Dies; Was Pathbreaking Latino Baseball Player of Early 1960s

By William S. Bike

If Chicago White Sox outfielder Minnie Minoso was the Jackie Robinson of Latino baseball players, blazing a path to the major leagues for Latinos as Robinson did for African Americans, then Juan Pizarro was the Don Newcombe of Latino pitchers. Newcombe of the Brooklyn Dodgers was the first black pitcher to become a team’s ace starting pitcher, and just as Robinson and Minoso proved minority players could be stars at the plate and in the field, Pizarro, like Newcombe, proved that a…