Historic Photo of the Day: Felipe Birriel, el Gigante de Carolina

I remember him … “Felipe Birriel, el Gigante de Carolina”. May he be resting in peace!! Blessed ….


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Felipe Birriel was 7 feet, 11 inches tall. They called him El Gigante de Carolina.

A gentle and soft-spoken man, he worked in the fields picking fruits and coffee beans. He was also a waterboy, delivering water to sugar cane workers.

Birriel was able to dunk a basketball without leaving the ground.

He lived to the age of 77 and became famous worldwide. The following photo is from a Swedish magazine.

Today, there is a basketball team called Los Gigantes de Carolina (the Carolina Giants), a museum dedicated to his memory, and a street in Carolina called El Paseo Felipe Birriel.

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About Dr. Rex

I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

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