Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Inaugural 1946 Havana Cubans lost Fla. International League playoffs

The 1946 La Ambrosia album of 50 cards -- each measuring 1 3/4 by 2 3/8 inches -- of the players of the inaugural Class C Florida International League.

They played for the Tampa Smokers, Lakeland Pilots, Miami Sun Sox, Miami Beach Flamingos, West Palm Beach Indians and the Havana Cubans, the first team in organized baseball from outside the United State or Canada.

Despite being stripped by the league of 17 victories because of "roster violations," according to Cuban Baseball: A Statistical History, 1878-1961, the Cubans won a league-leading 76 regular-season games.

But in the playoffs, the West Palm Beach Indians beat the Cubans 3-games-to-2 in the semifinals and the Tampa Smokers went on to win the league championship.

This album brought a $446 bid at Cuban Baseball Cards in September 2010.

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