Baseball Hall of Famer, Giants Legend Orlando Cepeda Taken to Hospital

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 27:  Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda is introduced during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Clark Sports Center on July 27, 2014 in Cooperstown, New York.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Hall of Fame first baseman Orlando Cepeda was rushed to a Bay Area hospital on Monday night.

The San Francisco Giants released a statement on the news Wednesday:

"Baseball Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda was hospitalized on Monday evening due to a cardiac incident. He remains in critical condition at a Bay Area hospital. The Cepeda family asks for privacy during the time. Please keep Orlando and his family in your thoughts and prayers."

Cepeda, 80, played 17 MLB seasons with the Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Royals.

The native of Puerto Rico was an 11-time All-Star, the 1958 National League Rookie of the Year and the 1967 National League MVP.

During his MVP season, Cepeda hit .325 with 25 home runs and 111 RBI.

Cepeda also won his first and only World Series that year.

All told, Cepeda hit .297 with 379 home runs and 1,365 RBI in 2,124 MLB games. He ranks 71st on the all-time home run list and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.

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