Inducted: 2017


baseball career has been a series of firsts since 1958. He was unanimously named “Rookie of the Year” in his debut season with San Francisco and also voted “Most Valuable Giant” in an Examiner poll. Cepeda holds the distinction of being the first player to sign a contract to only play as a designated hitter for the Boston Red Sox, and won Designated Hitter of the Year. He went on to win games for the St. Louis Cardinals, and win more team and league awards for his outstanding playing. An active ambassador for the Giants, Cepeda belongs to 14 (soon to be 15) halls of fame, and has been honored for his community service and humanitarian work. In 1999, the Giants retired his number 30, and in 2008, unveiled a life-size bronze statue of Cepeda in the fourth corner of AT&T Park. Cepeda and his wife live in Fairfield.