Sunday, February 13, 2011

Carlos Macia threw the first of seven Cuban League no-hitters

Feb. 13: On this day in 1887, Carlos Macia pitches the first no-hitter in Cuban League history as Almendares defeats Carmelita 38-0.

Macia (right) was elected to the Cuban baseball Hall of Fame in 1944. A pitcher and outfielders, Macia played four seasons with Almendares and one with Cardenas between 1885-91.

Marcia's no-hitter was the first of seven in Cuban League History. The others were:

Oct. 11, 1924 — Panamanian-born Oscar Levis throws the first 20th century no-hitter in Cuban League history as Habana beats Almendares 1-0.

Nov. 7, 1936 — Negro leagues star Raymond "Jabao" Brown no-hits Habana in a 7-0 victory for Santa Clara.

Dec. 11, 1943Manuel “Cocaina” Garcia throws the first no-hitter at La Tropical Stadium, beating Marianao 5-0.

Jan. 4, 1945Tomas de la Cruz no-hits Habana as Almendares wins 7-0.

Feb. 6, 1950Rogelio "Limonar" Martinez throws the first no-hitter at El Gran Stadium as Marianao beats Almendares 3-0.

Other no-hitters in Cuba or by Cuban teams:

Nov. 18, 1909— Eustaquio "Bombin" Pedroso no-hits the visiting American League champion Detroit Tigers (sans Ty Cobb and Sam Crawford) in a 2-1 victory. Pedroso held the Tigers hitless for 11 innings although they scored an unearned run in the seventh inning.

Feb. 21, 1952— Pitching for Habana in the Caribbean Series, Thomas Fine no-hits Venezuela's Cerveceria Caracas in a 1-0 victory in Panama.

July 12, 1947Conrado Marrero pitches a no-hitter for the Havana Cubans against Tampa at El Gran Stadium. Marrero allowed a baserunning in the first inning on a hit batsman then retired the next 25 batters.

Source: Smoke: The Romance and Lore of Cuban Baseball and Cuban Baseball: A Statistical History, 1878-1961.

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