In today’s post, I say goodbye to a Venezuelan baseball legend. On December 21, Luis Peñalver died at the age of 78.
Milestones of Luis Peñalver
Luis Peñalver was born in Cumaná, in the state of
Sucre, on November 20, 1941. At the age of seven, he moved, along with his
family, to Caracas. In the capital, he started playing baseball.
In 1960, he began his career in the East. During
23 seasons, he also played in Navegantes del Magallanes, Águilas del Zulia
and Tigres de Aragua. However, his stardom was hatched at the Leones del Caracas. In this team
conquered six championships. One of
the most important, the Caribbean Series, in 1982. In his career as
professional, he won 84 duels and 45 complete games.
His greatest achievement was to conquer gold in the Pan American Games, in
1959. These continental games were held in Chicago. In that
final, Peñalver was only 17 years old, and his game was key to the victory against
Goodbye to Luis Peñalver
Different sports personalities wanted
say goodbye to Peñalver, through social networks. An example of this, the
sports narrator, Alfonso Saer.
Peñalver meant claw and constancy. Shined for 23 league seasons
Venezuelan since he started his career with Oriente. He stood out with Caracas. Was
prospect of the Giants in the 60s. Sucrense dies at 78 years old “.
Peñalver was the pitcher on Sundays. Venezuelan baseball glory and great
person. A hug wherever you are ”, wrote on Twitter the
sports journalist, Humberto Acosta.
The Leones del Caracas team also said goodbye
from his star player: “Caracas Baseball
Club joins the duel that seizes the family of the Venezuelan Baseball League
Professional for the death of ex-launcher Luis Peñalver. Peace to your soul.
Our condolences to his relatives. “
His vision of the game and the dominant pitch
led to being a baseball star, in his country. Since 2008, he was part of the
Venezuelan Baseball Hall of Fame.