Cuno Barragan

Facundo Anthony "Cuno" Barragan (born June 20, 1932 in Sacramento, California) is a retired American professional baseball player. He was a catcher in Major League Baseball for the Chicago Cubs from 1961 to 1963.

Cuno Barragan's only Major League career home run came on his very first Major League at bat, on September 1, 1961 off left-hander Dick LeMay; 5,427 people witnessed this event, which came early in a 14-inning loss by the Cubs to the Giants at Wrigley Field on a Friday afternoon.

His Hispanic given name and its unique nickname, combined with his cup-of-coffee career, led the authors of The Great American Baseball Card Flipping, Trading and Bubble Gum Book to make the following sarcastic comment next to the illustration of his Topps baseball card: "Who the hell is Cuno Barragan? And why are they saying those terrible things about him?"

In 1973, Barragan was inducted into the Mexican American Hall of Fame, an organization which honors individuals from the Sacramento area. In 2002, he was elected to the Sacramento City College Hall of Fame for baseball and football.

  1. ^ Baseball almanac
  2. ^ Retrosheet
  3. ^ The Great American Baseball Card Flipping, Trading and Bubble Gum Book, Brendan C. Boyd & Fred C. Harris, Little Brown & Co, 1973, page 68
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