on May 8, 2013 - 11:28 PM
Feb. 10, 1940 – April 25, 2013
Efrain “Frank” Cruz Burgos, of Buffalo, one of the area’s leading Hispanic municipal league baseball players in the 1960s, died April 25 in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a long battle with cancer. He was 73.
Mr. Burgos, a catcher, played for seven years on championship teams with the Puerto Rico Leones in the 1960s. After they disbanded in 1968, he continued to play with Muny League teams such as the North Buffalo Mustangs until the late 1980s.
Born in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico, he acquired his passion for baseball as a boy and played on his elementary and high school teams. He moved to Dunkirk in 1960 as a farm worker, playing ball on his free nights and weekends.
Pedro Herrera, the manager of the Puerto Rican Leones, heard of his playing abilities and invited him to join the team, driving from Buffalo to Dunkirk to pick him up for games.
Mr. Burgos moved to Buffalo in 1961. In 1964, he took a job as a laborer with Conrail, retiring in 1996. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors.
Survivors include his wife of 31 years, the former Catherine Steward; and a daughter, Misty.
A memorial service will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the family home at 356 Hudson St.