Thursday, November 25, 2010

Negro leaguer Clint Thomas starred with Almendares, Habana

Nov. 25: On this day in 1896, Negro leagues star Clint "Hawk" Thomas was born in Greenup, Ky.

Thomas, who played for the Hilldale Giants, Bacharach Giant, New York Lincoln Giants and New York Black Yankees in the Negro leagues, played six winters in Cuba between 1923-30.

Who's Who in Cuban Baseball, 1878-1961 lists his career batting average in Cuba at .310 during three seasons in the Cuban League with Habana and Almendares and three independent seasons with Habana and Alacranes.

According to Jorge S. Figueredo's book, Thomas batted .371 to help lead Almendares to the Cuban League pennant in 1924-25. Among his teammates were Negro leagues stars Bullet Rogan, Biz Mackey, Pop Lloyd, Dick Lundy and Oscar Charleston.

This photo and many others Cuban baseball images are available for purchase at The Rucker Archives.

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