Although his career was cut short in 1950 at the relatively young age of 38 due to a back injury, this great player lived long enough to see his teams become perhaps the best in the history of Akron sandlot baseball. Garcia was player/manager on teams that won four AA League titles and four Ohio Amateur Baseball Congress crowns. Twice his teams came within a victory of capturing the AABC National Championship in Battle Creek, Michigan. In 1945, he led the Akron Orphans to the NABF national championship--earning the most outstanding player of the tournament in the process. As a player he was good enough to be signed by three major league clubs--the Yankees, Phillies and Cardinals. He even had a fling with pro basketball with the old Cleveland Alleman Transfers. His name lives on today--on the award that goes to the annual winner of the AA League's MVP.