to me, luis olmo was one of the players in the 1990 target dodger set that i knew nothing about. to folks in the caribbean, and puerto rico in particular, he is one of the best known players of his time. and, what the heck, i now consider him to be a dodger double dipper.
[this is the sixtyfifth installment in the double dippers posts. here are the previous posts - brett butler, omar daal, eric young, nick willhite, chris gwynn, mickey hatcher, dave anderson, don zimmer, rafael landestoy, dave hansen, jose vizcaino, hideo nomo, greg maddux, mike maddux, jon garland, chan ho park, vicente romo, gene mauch, denny lewallyn, von joshua, joe moeller, dioner navarro, rudy seanez, bart shirley, randy wolf, ismael valdes, bobby castillo, mike devereaux, pete richert, jay johnstone, jesse orosco, lee lacy, giovanni carrara, jeff weaver, ted sizemore, orel hershiser, tom goodwin, joe ferguson, eddie murray, matt luke, ken mcmullen, tim wallach, jerry grote, don sutton, ralph branca, todd hundley, elmer dessens, guillermo mota, joe beckwith, jamie hoffmann, babe herman, joe medwick, juan castro, ron perranoski, clyde king, paul waner, hughie jennings, ron negray, broadway aleck smith, george smith, johnny cooney, jim fairey, frenchy bordagaray, doc casey, and waite hoyt.]
here is olmo's card from the 1990 target set
commissioner happy chandler wasn't pleased, and he suspended olmo and the other players who had also made the move from the major leagues. eventually, olmo's eligibility was reinstated, and he rejoined the dodgers for the 1949 campaign. he hit .305 in 38 games that season, and helped the dodgers win the pennant. against the yankees in the world series, olmo hit .273 with a home run and 2 rbi, becoming the first puerto rican to play in the fall classic. olmo spent the following two seasons he was with the boston braves after which he returned to the caribbean.
olmo won mvp honors in the 1951 caribbean series, while leading his team to the title. he appeared in two other caribbean series, winning another title in 1955, and was enshrined into the caribbean baseball hall of fame in 2004. olmo is still (hopefully) going strong at age 94.
here's to el jibaro, a dodger double dipper!
a couple of giant memorial patches
6 days ago