Who’s Who in Cuban Baseball, 1878–1961

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About the Book

True professional baseball has not been played in Cuba since banned by the communist regime after the 1961 season, but there is a legacy of more than 70 years of continuous excellence by countless Cubans who played in the organized leagues of the island from 1878 to 1961. Scores of North Americans, white and black, and Latin Americans also played in Cuba during that time.
Biographical and season-by-season statistical information for the many hundreds of Cuban, North American and Latin American players who took part in the Cuban leagues from 1878 to 1961 has been compiled in this work. The time period is divided into three eras. The first is from 1878 to 1899, the primitive years of the Cuban league; the second, 1900 to 1933, when the league opened its doors to welcome foreign players; and the third, from 1934 to 1961, the golden age that made Cuba then the second power in organized baseball. Birth and death dates for each player (if they could be determined) are provided. The statistical information for players includes the number of games played, at bats, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, and season average. The statistical information for pitchers includes the number of games pitched, complete games, win-loss record, and winning percentage.

About the Author(s)

Jorge S. Figueredo has written for The Sporting News and SABR. The Havana native now lives in Tampa, Florida.

Bibliographic Details

Jorge S. Figueredo
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 422
Bibliographic Info: 536 photos, tables, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2007 [2003]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3030-7
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8264-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface     1

I. CUBAN PLAYERS AND PITCHERS
First Era (1878–1899)
Players     3
Pitchers     13
First Era Names with No Statistics Available     16
Second Era (1900–1933)
Players     22
Pitchers     85
Third Era (1934–1961)
Players     117
Pitchers     210

II. NORTH AMERICAN MAJOR AND MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS AND PITCHERS
First Era (1878–1899)
Players     265
Pitchers     265
Second Era (1900–1933)
Players     266
Pitchers     271
Third Era (1934–1961)
Players     277
Pitchers     313

III. NEGRO LEAGUE PLAYERS AND PITCHERS
Second Era (1900–1933)*
Players     347
Pitchers     362
Third Era (1934–1961)
Players     372
Pitchers     386

IV. LATIN AMERICAN PLAYERS AND PITCHERS
All Eras (1878–1961)
Players     395
Pitchers     398

Bibliography     403
Index     405

Book Reviews & Awards

“[Figueredo has written] the most comprehensive book yet published on the rich and colorful history of professional baseball in Cuba…accurate statistical research…meticulous…an invaluable resource to any baseball researcher or serious fan”—La Prensa de Miami; “most accurate…highly recommended”—ARBA.