Saturday, December 25, 2010

Jose Mendez topped Eddie Plank when A's visited Cuba in 1910

The 1910 World Series champion Philadelphia Athletics at Almendares Park during their barnstorming trip to Cuba.

This photo was shared by BSmile at Baseball Fever. According to BSmile, the following player identifications were provided Gary Livacari (GaryL) and Mark Fimoff (bmarlowe):

Top from left: second baseman Claude Derrick, co-owner Ben Shibe, pitcher Chief Bender, catcher Jack Lapp, John Shibe (Ben Shibe's son). Bottom from left: pitcher Eddie Plank, third baseman Stuffy McInnis, left fielder Topsey Hartzel, first baseman Harry Davis, center fielder Bris Lord, catcher Ira Thomas, shortstop Jack Barry and right fielder Danny Murphy.

During the trip, the A's dropped three of five games to Habana, with future Hall of Famers Eddie Plank losing twice and Chief Bender once.

Almendares also took three of five from the A's with Jose Mendez beating Plank twice by scores of 5-2 and 7-5.

Manager Connie Mack and players Eddie Collins and Frank "Home Run" Baker didn't make the trip.

Because Collins and Baker failed to make the trip, promoter Eugenio Jimenez dropped the money guarantee for each player from $500 to $387, plus transportation for the player and his wife, according to Cuban Baseball: A Statistical History, 1878-1961.

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