- SS, 2B, 3B
- December 18, 1939
- 5' 10"
- 146 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 8-01-1959 with WS1
- Allstar Selections:
- 1963 GG, 1965 GG, 1965 MVP
Quite possibly the most unlikely player to have ever won a Most Valuable Player Award, little Zoilo Versalles had a career year in 1965, helping the Minnesota Twins to their first pennant. Playing shortstop, "Zorro" was a fan favorite from Cuba, originally signed by the Washington Senators. With a flare for making diving plays and unorthodox throws, he won two Gold Glove Awards. In the 1965 World Series he socked a three-run homer to win Game One.
The Twins replaced him with Jackie Hernandez.
Versalles led the AL with 666 at-bats, 126 runs scored, 308 total bases, 45 doubles, 12 triples, and 76 extra-base hits. A little leadoff hitter, Versalles was capable of pulling the ball down the short left field line in Minnesota, and he hit 19 homers in '65.
Four times in his career, Zoilo Versalles collected the only hit in a one-hitter.
On July 3, 1963, Minnesota shortstop Zoilo Versalles tied an American League record when he committed five errors in a doubleheader.
On September 10, 1962, Versalles singled in the eighth inning to spoil Dean Chance's no-hit bid. Chance went on to pitch a one-hitter... On September 2, 1964, he did the same thing to Milt Pappas in the eighth inning... Four days later, on September 6, 1964, Versalles slugged a two-run homer off Boston's Bill Monbouquette for a 2-1 victory. It's the only hit of the game for Minnesota... On May 28, 1968, Zoilo'z fifth-inning single was the only safety off Jim Maloney of the Reds.
- Zoilo Versalles