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Former Cardinals MVP Orlando Cepeda's condition remains 'serious'

Orlando Cepeda, who won the National League Most Valuable Player Award as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1967, remained in "serious" condition in a San Francisco area hospital Tuesday.

The 80-year-old Hall of Famer was rushed from Rancho Solano Golf Course in Fairfield, California, to a Bay Area hospital Monday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Dia sourced a family friend who said Cepeda "suffered a severe blow to his the skull," was taken unconscious to the hospital and required CPR.

Paco Figueroa, a Dodgers minor-league instructor, said his friend "is in a delicate state."

The San Francisco Giants, with whom Cepeda spent nine of his 17 big-league seasons, confirmed his condition Tuesday.

Cepeda, known as the "Baby Bull," batted .297 for his career with 379 home runs and 1,365 RBIs. His finest season came as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1967, when he won his only Most Valuable Player Award and World Series championship.

When he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999, Cepeda was just the second Puerto Rican player to be enshrined. Roberto Clemente is the other.

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