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From The Press Box

The Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame

Amaury Pi-González

Our deepest condolences to the Santo Domingo family for the passing of Mr.Arturo Santo Domingo. All of us who knew Arturo share great lifetime memories that enriched our lives. He was the ultimate professional, a friend in the Press Box in San Francisco and Oakland. Arturo shared his knowledge, love, and passion for the game of baseball like few people I have ever met in this business. We met in the 1970’s at the Candlestick Park Press Box during a San Francisco Giants game. I remember when he introduced me to Mr. Chub Feeney who was the Vice President of the Giants and often was in the press box standing in a corner smoking a cigar watching the game (it was allowed back then to smoke in the Press Box) Feeney was a real character.

Arturo was the first Latin American-born Traveling Secretary in Major League Baseball with the San Francisco Giants in the early 1960’s

Born in Colombia but educated in the United States, a graduate in Business at Duke University, this humble reporter and Arturo mostly spoke in Spanish. He would often join me on the air during a Spanish-language baseball broadcast of the A’s or Giants here in the Bay Area, which he really enjoyed and was excellent in his commentary. His knowledge of the game made him my favorite Official Scorer in baseball. But his stories when we spoke about some of the greatest players he had the privilege of knowing and traveling with, like the great Willie Mays, were priceless. When Arturo spoke in any Press Box people listened. Through the years I realized how much he loved Cuban food, which we shared in various restaurants with him and some of his friends who are also missing him today.

In 2012 Arturo Santo Domingo who was co-founder and benefactor of the 46th Cable Car Classic in Santa Clara,(which I had the pleasure of covering for Telemundo)  announced that he would not be part of the tournament in the future. That same year on August 12, 2012, The Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum and Hall of Fame   Awarded him with the Pioneer Award.   Official Scorekeepers do not come better than Arturo.

Descansa en Paz Arturo.

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