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Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda, 80, rushed to hospital

Baseball Hall of Famer and longtime Giants star Orlando Cepeda, 80, was rushed to a Bay Area hospital late Monday night, a team official confirmed to the San Francisco Chronicle after speaking to one of Cepeda’s relatives.

There was no information on his condition or the reason for his being taken to the hospital, team spokeswoman Staci Slaughter said, adding that family members were just arriving at the facility.

Cepeda appeared healthy last month at former teammate Willie McCovey's 80th birthday part at AT&T Park, according to the Chronicle.

Nicknamed the “Baby Bull” because of his thick build, Cepeda was NL Rookie of the Year in 1958, the year the Giants moved to San Francisco from New York.

One of the game's star power-hitters through the 1960s and early '70s, the first baseman-outfielder was traded to the Cardinals in 1966 for pitcher Ray Sadecki and won the NL MVP award in 1967 as St. Louis won the World Series, cementing the trade as one of the worst in Giants history.

Cepeda played 17 seasons, all but the final two-plus years in the National League, hitting .297/.350/.499 with 379 homers and 1,365 RBIs.

He retired in 1974 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999 on a Veterans Committee ballot. He has been a community representative for the Giants since 1987.



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