Monday, September 7, 2015

Get To Know Your Reds: Part 43 - Chico Cardenas

According to Baseball Reference there have been 1,891 different players who got into a major league game as a Cincinnati Red/Red Stocking/Redleg as of the end of the 2014 season. So I threw them all into a randomizer and off we go.

Get To Know... Leo "Chico" Cardenas

Born: December 17, 1938, Matanzas, Cuba
Signed: 1957, by the Reds
Debut: 1960, with the Reds
Reds Stats: 9 seasons at SS, 1157 games, 4436 PA, 72 HR, 413 RBI, .257 BA
Final Major League Season: 1975, with the Rangers

5-time All Star (1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1971).
Gold Glove 1965.
Nicknamed "Mr. Automatic" due to fielding prowess.
League leader in intentional walks 2x, fielding % 3x, defensive WAR, double plays 2x, putouts 4x.
Elected to the Reds Hall of Fame in 1981

Number of cards: 102
Number of cards as a Red: 62
Number of cards in my collection: 11 (18%)

Go Reds.


  1. One of my favorite old-timers that I never saw play. I've met him at Redsfest and at the Reds Hall of Fame several times, and he ALWAYS has a smile on his face and is willing to spend a few minutes with fans. He is truly appreciative of those who come to see him, and shows it.

  2. Yes I have also met him and had the same positive experience. Leo has gone thru some tough times in his life but seems to be on the right track giving back late in his days. I am also a big fan of Reds shortstops.