Ralph “Putsy” Caballero – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
New Orleans native Ralph “Putsy Caballero played eight seasons for the Philadelphia Phillies during their legendary “Whiz Kids” era, including the 1950 National League pennant winners.
Caballero played baseball at Jesuit High School in 1943 and 1944, leading the team to the city championship and the American Legion championship in 1943.
He signed with the Phillies after completing high school at the age of 16, turning down a scholarship offer from LSU to play baseball and basketball.
He collected 150 hits in his Major League career. He also holds the record as the youngest person in major league history to appear at third base (16 years old).
Born on November 5, 1927 in New Orleans, he was inducted into the New Orleans Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009. He died on December 8, 2016 in New Orleans at the age of 89.