Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Pedro Pages starred for Cienfuegos for 13 Cuban Hall of Fame seasons

Feb. 23: On this day in 1914, Cuban baseball Hall of Famer Pedro Pages was born in Matanzas, Cuba.

Elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997, Pages played 15 seasons in the Cuban League between 1935-52, including 13 seasons with Cienfuegos.

According to Who's Who in Cuban Baseball, 1878-1961, Pages was named the league MVP for the 1944-45 season after batting .309 -- this despite the Elefantes finishing third among four teams, eight games behind league champion Almendares.

Pages (shown in the 1949-40 Alerta premium) never reached the majors, playing in 1951 for Sherbrooke of the Class C Provincial League in Quebec, Canada.

In the Negro leagues, Pages played for the New York Cubans in 1939 and '47.

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