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Name: Ruben Gomez  
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Date of Birth: 25th April 1975
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Profession: Actor
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Rubén Gómez Colón (July 13, 1927 - July 26, 2004) born in Arroyo, Puerto Rico, was a Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher who became the first Puerto Rican to pitch in a World Series game.

Gómez was nicknamed in his homeland El Divino Loco ("The Divine Madman"), on account of his willingness to pitch in tough situations. He debuted with the New York Giants on April 17, 1953. He finished with a 13-11 record. Gómez created some controversy during his rookie season when, on the order of Giants' manager Leo Durocher, he hit Brooklyn Dodgers player Carl Furillo with a pitch. Gómez would hit other notables with pitches in his career including Joe Adcock and Frank Robinson.

After going 17-9 in his second season, Gómez pitched and won Game 3 of the 1954 World Series in the Giants sweep of the Cleveland Indians. He thus, became the first Puerto Rican player to be a member of a World Series championship team, becoming a heroe in his native country (schools closed the day he pitched in the World Series so the kids could watch the game). When Gómez returned to Puerto Rico, he was greeted by thousands of fans at the San Juan airport and a holiday was declared.

After the 1957 season, the Dodgers and Giants moved to Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively. On April 15, 1958 Gómez made baseball history when he pitched an 8-0 shutout against the Dodgers, in the first MLB game played on the West Coast at Seals Stadium thus becoming the first pitcher to win a major league baseball game in the Wet Coast. The losing pitcher was future Hall of Famer Don Drysdale.

In 1958, Gómez was traded to the Phillies. In the 1959 season he was only 3-8 in 72 innings, and went 0-3 in 1960. He was out of the major leagues in 1961 and returned in 1962 to pitch for both the Indians and the Twins, compiling a combined 2-3 record.

Gómez later went to the Mexican League, where he pitched with Veracruz, Mexico. One day a young boy begged Gómez to buy a lottery ticket that he was selling to make some badly needed money. The boy insisted that Gómez buy the ticket because his uniform number matched that of the ticket, and Gómez, who did not normally buy such tickets, agreed. To his great surprise the ticket was a winner of a $35,000 prize. Gómez attempted to share the money with the boy's family and when they refused, he went to a local bank and set up a trust fund for the lad, to be given to him at age 18. In 1967, Gómez was 39 years old and still playing with Veracruz, when the Phillies gave him another shot. He pitched only 11.1 innings that season in seven games, making his last appearance on May 2, 1967.

Between 1947 and 1977, Gómez played 28 winter seasons with the Cangrejeros de Santurce (Santurce Crabbers) and Vaqueros de Bayamón (Bayamón Cowboys) teams in the Caribbean World Series, setting marks for a pitcher in wins (174) and ERA (2.97).

In 2001, Gómez was hospitalized after a lengthy fight against cancer, and was about to receive surgery. A doctor from Mexico requested permission to attend the operation. When Gómez asked the doctor why had he come, he replied, "I was that little boy, the money that you left in trust was enough to pay for my medical school."

Rubén Gómez Colón died in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at the age of 77. Among those who attended his funeral services was his best friend and countryman, former bigleaguer Luis Rodríguez Olmo. Gómez was buried in the municipality of Guayama.


In 10-season career, Gómez posted a 76-86 record with 677 strikeouts, a 4.09 ERA, 63 complete games, 15 shutouts, and 1454 innings pitched in 289 games (205 as a starter).

Gomez had played for the following teams: New York and San Francisco Giants (1953-58), Philadelphia Phillies (1959-60, 1967), Cleveland Indians (1962) and Minnesota Twins (1962).

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