Gonzalo Márquez

Gonzalo Márquez
First baseman/Outfielder
Born: (1946-03-31)March 31, 1946
Carúpano, Sucre State, Venezuela
Died: December 19, 1984(1984-12-19) (aged 38)
Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
August 11, 1972, for the Oakland Athletics
Last MLB appearance
June 5, 1974, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Batting average .235
Home runs 1
Runs batted in 10
Career highlights and awards
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Márquez and the second or maternal family name is Moya.

Gonzalo Enrique Márquez Moya (March 31, 1946 – December 19, 1984) was a professional baseball first baseman. A left-handed batter, he played parts of three seasons in Major League Baseball for the Oakland Athletics (1972–73) and Chicago Cubs (1973–74). He was born in Carúpano, Sucre State, Venezuela.

In the 1970 Caribbean Series, he led all players with a .440 batting average and 4 stolen bases, to help the Navegantes del Magallanes win the series, marking the first time a Venezuelan team had taken the title. While Márquez was not a star in the major leagues, he's still greatly remembered by the Oakland fans for his memorable 1972 rookie season. Easily, his participation as a collaborator for his team in that season could be labeled in terms of strategic offensive provider, some like as a "designated pinch-hitter".

In a four season major league career, Márquez batted .235 (27-for-115) with one home run, 10 runs batted in, nine runs, three doubles and one stolen base in 76 games. In eight post-season games, he hit 5-for-8 for a .625 BA with two RBI and one run scored. He resumed his player career with the Leones del Caracas club in the Venezuelan Winter League, compiling a record of .288 with 16 homers and 295 RBI in 833 games, from 1965 to 1984.

Gonzalo Márquez was killed in a car accident in Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela, as he was returning home from a baseball game.

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