Saturday, December 18, 2010

Zoilo Versalles won AL MVP in 1965

Dec. 18: On this day in 1939, Zoilo Versalles was born in Havana.

Elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983, Versalles played for Cienfuegos in 1957-58 and for Marianao from 1958-61.

He played for the Washington Senators, Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Dodgers and Cleveland Indians in 12 major-league seasons between 1959-71.

Along with Jose Canseco, Versalles is one of only two Cuban-born players to win an MVP award in the major leagues: 1965 with the Twins when he batted .272 with 19 home runs and 77 RBI while leading the American League with 126 runs and 45 doubles.

Versalles died in 1995 in Bloomington, Minn.

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