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Happy birthday, Sam Parrilla!

Samuel (Monje) Parrilla (June 12, 1943 in Santurce, Puerto Rico – February 9, 1994 in Brooklyn, New York USA) was a left fielder and pinch-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1970. He played in the minor leagues from 1963 to 1972.

His daughter is actress Lana Parrilla.

Parrilla was originally signed by the Cleveland Indians as an undrafted free agent in 1963. He spent ten seasons in the minor leagues, until 1972, hitting .282 with 104 home runs, 165 doubles and 36 triples in 1,039 games.

Perhaps his best season was 1969, when he hit .383 with 28 home runs and 85 RBI (all career highs) in 95 games for the Raleigh-Durham Phillies. That was the first of three consecutive seasons in which he would hit .330 or better.

He played in the Indians, New York Yankees, Phillies and Baltimore Orioles systems.

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