Ken Suarez

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games (non-medal events)
Full nameKenneth Raymond "Ken"•Suarez
Used nameKen•Suarez
Born12 April 1943 in Tampa, Florida (USA)
AffiliationsFlorida State Seminoles, Tallahassee (USA)
NOC United States


Ken Suarez was a catcher who played for the USA at the 1964 Olympic demonstration baseball tournament. Suarez played college ball at Florida State University, leading them to the College World Series in 1963. He was a first-team All-American as a senior in 1964, and was inducted as a member of the Florida State Hall of Fame in 2005. After college he signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Athletics.

Suarez played in the Major Leagues from 1966-73. He was with the Athletics from 1966-67, then played for the Cleveland Indians in 1968-69 and 1971, and finished his career with the Texas Rangers in 1972-73.

Suarez felt he deserved a raise from the Rangers in 1974 and when he did not receive one, he told them he would not report and filed a grievance with the Major League Baseball Players Association. He was traded in September 1974 to the California Angels, but never played again in the majors.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1964 Summer Olympics Baseball (Baseball/Softball) USA Ken Suarez
Baseball, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) United States =1
Baseball, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) United States 1