Ruperto Toppin was born in 1941 in Panama City, Panama and lived on Building #274 in the section of Gamboa/Santa Cruz Canal Zone named “38th Parallel”. .. ” Top” earned his stripes as a hard throwing right handed pitcher throughout the Republic Of Panama. … His talents caught the eyes of US Major League Baseball scouts and in 1960 (The same year he was titled “Most Athletic” by his Paraiso High School Senior Class) he signed his first Big League contract with the Kansas City Athletics. … His Major League break came two years later in 1962. Toppin retired in 1969 after a decade of US Professional Baseball.