All-American Amateur Baseball Association Hall of Famer 2008, Ruben Amaro Jr., was born to a legendary Latino baseball family.

His grandfather, Santos was a star player in the Mexican League in the 1940’s and 1950’s and his father, Ruben Sr. had a successful baseball career with different major league teams in the 1950’s and 1960’s including the New York Yankees. Ruben Jr. an outstanding player was a member of both the 1993 National League Champion Philadelphia 

Phillies and the 1995 American League Champion Cleveland Indians.

After his retirement as an active player in 1998, Ruben Jr. moved into the Phillies front office as assistant general manager where he was involved in 40-man roster decisions, major league free agent contract negotiations and in the decision-making process including trades, player movements and hirings.

In his first year as general manager, the Phillies won the National League pennant, making it to the seventh world series in club history and the team’s 93 wins were the most in 16 years.

Following the season, Ruben was named Executive of the Year and the Phillies were recognized as Team of the Year by the Philadelphia Sportswriters Association. Baseball America honored the Phillies as the organization of the year.

In his four years as general manager, the Phillies have won three National League East Division Titles; one NL pennant and the best record in the league at winning 37.3 ·and losing 279 games for a .576 percentage, trailing only the New York Yankees in all of baseball who have won 390 games while losing 258 for a .602 percentage.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Ruben Jr. was a bat-boy for the Phillies from 1980-83 while his father, Ruben Sr., a former shortstop with the club, was first base coach. He is a 1983 graduate of the William Penn Charter School, where he played both baseball and soccer. In 1987, he earned a Bachelors of Science degree in human biology from Stanford University where he was a member of the 1987 NCAA Baseball World Series Championship team.

In 2013, he joins his father, Ruben Sr., as the first ever 

father/son to be enshrined in the Salon de la Fama / Latin-American International Sports Hall of Fame in Laredo, Texas.

Excerpt from 2013 Inductees Program

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