Monday, February 21, 2011

Vinegar Bend Mizell dominated Cuban League in 1955-56

Feb. 21: On this day in 1999, Wilmer "Vinegar Bend" Mizell died in Kerrvile, Texas.

Mizell, who pitched in nine major-league seasons -- including seven with the St. Louis Cardinals -- between 1952-62, left his mark in his only Cuban League season.

Playing for Habana in 1955-56, Mizell set the record for single-season strikeouts (206) and tied the record for most strikeouts in a game (15) against Almendares on Nov. 6, 1955, according to Who's Who in Cuban Baseball, 1878-1961.

The lefty also led the league in complete games (13), innings pitched (179) and shutouts (three).
But Mizell's exploits were not enough to overcome the league-champion Cienfuegos team as Habana and Marianao both finished six games out of first place.

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