Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sandy Amoros starred with Habana, Almendares, in Caribbean Series

Jan. 30: On this day in 1930, Edmundo "Sandy" Amoros was born in Havana, Cuba.

Elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1978, Amoros is best known for his game-saving catch in Game 7 of the 1955 World Series for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Amoros (left, with Cuban baseball legend Miguel Angel Gonzalez) played six seasons for Habana and five for Almendares during 11 winters from 1950-61.

He was the the Cuban League rookie of the year in 1950-51, led the league with a .373 average in 1952-53 and ranks sixth all-time in home runs, according to Who's Who in Cuban Baseball, 1878-1961.

Amoros also starred in the Caribbean Series, three times with Habana and once with Almendares, compiling .354 lifetime average in the event.

His best Series came in 1952 when he batted. 450 as Habana, representing Cuba, won the Series. Amoros batted .333 when Almendares won the Series in 1959.

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