Friday, January 28, 2011

Julio Moreno starred in Cuban League, for Havana Cubans

Jan. 28: On this day in 1921, Cuban League star Julio Moreno was born in Guines, Havana, Cuba.

Elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976, Moreno played for Marianao, Havana Reds, Cienfuegos and Habana in 13 winters in Cuba between 1945-61.

He ranks sixth in league history in games pitched and led the league in ERA (2.03) in 1960-61 and strikeouts (103) in 1952-53, according to Who's Who in Cuban Baseball, 1878-1961.

"Jiqui" also pitched for Habana in three Caribbean Series from 1951-53.

And as a member of the Havana Cubans, Moreno compiled a 50-16 record with a 2.24 ERA from 1847-50. He went 19-4 with a 2.13 ERA in 1947 and 16-4 with a Havana Cubans of the Florida International League.

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