clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Orlanda Cepeda, Herman Franks, and El Birdos... Yeah! - A Hunt and Peck

New, comments

Allow me to tell you a story...

Orlando Cepeda

A few times a year I am asked why this blog is called Viva El Birdos. The answer to that question is both simple and also a bit complex. The short, simple answer is Orlando Cepeda made it up. Cepeda was only a Cardinal from 1966 through the 1968 season, but as many of you know, those were some pretty successful seasons for the team. He was able to make a lasting impression in those few years. 1967 was an especially good year as two wonderful things happened: The Cardinals won the World Series and “El Birdos” was born.

The two things are not necessarily unconnected. Per William Legget in the Setpember 4, 1967 issue of Sports Illustrated:

Cepeda walked to the front of the group and raised his huge right fist into the air. “El Birdos!” he hollered. “Yeah!” went the team. “El Birdos!” he shouted again. “Yeah!” they chorused. Once more Orlando raised the cry for El Birdos and the Birdos answered, “Yeah!” According to ritual El Birdos must be shouted three times after each victory...

While this is a really fun thing to discuss, there is a reason I bring it up. Today would be Herman Franks birthday. VEB’s own Greg Ratliff wrote about it earlier. In 1967 Herman Franks was the manager of the San Francisco Giants, a team that ended the year in second place, 10.5 games behind the Cardinals with 91 wins. Apparently, Orlanda Cepeda had a final part to his “El Birdos” cheer, and it went something like this, per Legget:

...According to ritual El Birdos must be shouted three times after each victory, and then Cepeda puts the zinger in, like “[redacted] Herman Franks.” At this spot the Cardinals really holler, “Yeah!”

Happy birthday, Herman Franks!

Happy Birthday Herman Franks! | Viva El Birdos

OUT IN FRONT IN FUN AND GAMES | Vault

what else is going on in baseball...

Manny Machado, Bryce Harper landing spots | MLB.com

Where the Nationals stand on Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals

Top 5 targets remaining on trade market | MLB.com

Bob Einstein faced Dwight Gooden blindfolded on Super Dave | MLB.com

Let’s Check in on Miami’s Suit Against the Marlins and Jeffrey Loria | FanGraphs Baseball

David Robertson Is the Phillies’ New Right-Handed Lefty Reliever | FanGraphs Baseball

what the cardinals are up to...

Cardinals Inbox: Early look at 25-man roster? | St. Louis Cardinals

KNOW THINE ENEMY...

the nl central

The Cubs wanted Troy Tulowitzki to be their starting shortstop | Bleed Cubbie Blue