Monday, February 28, 2011

Manuel Cueto batted over .300 11 of his 20 Cuban League seasons

Feb. 28: On this day in 1892, Manuel Cueto was born in Guanajay, Habana, Cuba.

Elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1950, Cueto played 22 winters (including two independent leauge seasons) in Cuba from 1912-33 with Almendares, Red Sox, Habana, Marianao, Cuba and Santa Clara.

Cueto (shown in this 1924-25 Aguilitas Segundas card) ranks 11th in Cuban League career batting average (.301) and holds the record for most seasons (11) hitting over .300, according to Who's Who in Cuban Baseball, 1878-1961. He twice led the league in batting average: .334 in 1918-19 and .398 in 1926-27.

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