Rubén Amaro Sr.

Rubén Amaro Sr.
Born: (1936-01-06) January 6, 1936
Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 29, 1958, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
August 27, 1969, for the California Angels
MLB statistics
Batting average .234
Hits 505
Runs batted in 156
Career highlights and awards
Member of the Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame
Baseball Hall of Fame
Inducted 1986

Rubén (Mora) Amaro Sr. (born January 6, 1936) is a Mexican former professional baseball player. He played as a shortstop and first baseman in Major League Baseball from 1958 through 1969. He is the son of a Cuban, Santos Amaro, and a Mexican, Josefina Mora.

He finished 21st in voting for the 1964 National League MVP for playing in 129 games and having 299 at-bats, 31 runs, 79 hits, 11 doubles, 4 home runs, 34 runs batted in, 16 walks, a .264 batting average, a .307 on-base percentage, and a .341 slugging percentage.

Shortly after joining the New York Yankees, Amaro suffered a knee ligament injury in a collision with left fielder Tom Tresh.[1][2] The injury limited Amaro to just 14 games in 1966.

Amaro's father, Santos Amaro, was an outfielder in the Mexican League. His second son, Rubén Amaro Jr., was an outfielder in Major League Baseball in the 1990s, and is the former General Manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. Amaro's third son, Luis Amaro, also played briefly for the Philadelphia Phillies in minor league baseball and, is currently the assistant General Manager of the Aguilas del Zulia baseball team in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League. He also has a son David Amaro, a daughter Alayna Amaro, and his youngest son Ruben Andres Amaro

Amaro currently serves as a member of the board of the Baseball Assistance Team, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping former Major League, Minor League, and Negro League players through financial and medical hardships.


  1. "Amaro Injured, May Be Lost Until July". The Gazette. Montreal. Associated Press (AP). April 18, 1966. p. 38. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  2. "Yanks Future Bleak With Amaro Sidelined". The Gazette. Montreal. Associated Press (AP). April 19, 1966. p. 26. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
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