Alex Carrasquel [car-ras-KAEL] , born Alejandro Eloy Carrasquel Aparicio in Caracas, Venezuela, was the first baseball player from Venezuela to play in Major League Baseball.
A right-handed pitcher, Carrasquel had a fine fastball, which he complemented with an effective knuckleball and a decent curve. He started his major league career with the Washington Senators in the American League on April 23, 1939.
Although World War II was officially over and baseball's finest players were back in their familiar ranks, tranquility no longer had a place in the majors. The new Mexican League, headed by millonaire Jorge Pasquel, had lured a ...
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