Page 30 - Salem Magazine Spring 2014
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 Cover Story
1955 - 1963
APPALACHIAN LEAGUE
    Appalachian League President Chauncey DeVault presents Salem Athletic Club President Jack Dame a league baseball to celebrate the new Salem Rebels joining the league starting with the 1955 season.
Resurrection
 SALEM REBELS
PITTSBURGH PIRATES (1957-1959) SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (1960-1963)
The youngest player on the Rebels that season was a 17-year-old infielder named Orlando Cepeda. The son of a professional baseball player in Puerto Rico, Cepeda played in a handful of games before his father passed away from malaria.
1B ORLANDO CEPEDA* 1955 1B DONN CLENDENON 1957 P AL McBEAN 1958 P BOB PRIDDY 1958 OF JIM RAY HART* 1960 C RANDY HUNDLEY* 1960 P FRANK LINZY 1960 OF OLLIE BROWN 1962 2B TITO FUENTES 1962 OF DAVE MAY* 1962
14 (CHW, BOS, BAL, NYY, HOU) 12 (PIT, MON, NYM, STL)
10 (PIT, SDP, LAD)
9 (PIT, SFG, WSA, CHW, CAL, ATL) 12 (SFG, NYY)
14 (SFG, CHC, MIN, SDP)
11 (SFG, STL, MIL, PHI)
13 (SFG, SDP, OAK, MIL, HOU, PHI) 13 (SFG, SDP, DET, OAK)
12 (BAL, MIL, ATL, TEX, PIT)
Devastated, Cepeda returned home and contemplated giving up baseball. A family friend convinced him to return later that season to the Rebels, where he would be cut for poor performance. Forty-four years later, Cepeda was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. To this day, Cepeda is the only former Salem player to be elected to the Hall.
Salem fielded a semi-professional team at Municipal Field in 1954 in hopes of attracting a new minor league club. Jack Dame and the Salem Athletic Club introduced a team following an invitation from the Appalachian League in 1955. The Salem Rebels were born.
  328-273 OVERALL RECORD (.546 W-L%)
The 1955 Rebels
finished the season 84-38 and a .689 winning percentage, the best in Salem history.
Orlando Cepeda (left) is the only Salem player to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. This is the only known photo of him in a Salem uniform.
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