Julio Gotay Sanchez, former ballplayer for the Mayaguez Indians in Puerto
Rican professional baseball, passed away yesterday, Friday, of respiratory
failure in the Santo Asilo de Damas hospital in Ponce. He was 69 years
He is survived by Silvia his wife, with whom he was married 48 years
and their children Julio, Agustín and the twins Irma and Silvia.
Gotay entered the hospital on June 17 to be treated for cancer of the
prostate and passed away yesterday. The body of the well-known ballplayer
was exhibited today, Saturday, in the funeral parlor of Jackie Oliver,
in the Cuatro Calles area of Ponce. Tomorrow, Sunday, the body will
be transferred to his native town, Fajardo, to be held in the Carrasco
funeral home and the burial will be on Monday, at 1:00pm, in the new
cemetery, located in the Florence barrio of Fajardo.
Gotay Sanchez also played in the Puerto Rican Beisbol League with the
Santurce Crabbers and was a close friend of the great Roberto Clemente
of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In addition, he played with the St. Louis
Cardinals, Los Angeles Angels and the Houston Astros in the Major Leagues.
After his retirement as professional ballplayer, he finished his education
and for many years was a school master in Ponce, the city where he made