Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hidalgo starred in Cuban and Florida International leagues

Nov. 30: On this day in 1918, Manuel "Chino" Hidalgo was born in Banes, Oriente, Cuba.

Elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997, Hidalgo played for Habana, Cienfuegos, Almendares and Oriente between 1940-55.

Hidalgo (shown in this 1949-50 Alerta premium) played 10 minor-league seasons, including six with the Havana Cubans of the Florida International League.

According to Who's Who in Cuban Baseball, 1878-1961, Hidalgo ranks first in team history in home runs (36), RBI (351) and batting average (.315). He was the International League's MVP in 1946 and '47 and led the league with 200 hits in 1947.

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