Monday, March 14, 2011
Santos Amaro, father of Ruben; grandfather of Ruben Jr., starred in Cuba and Mexico
March 14: On this day in 1908, Cuban star Santos Amaro was born in Havana, Cuba.
Elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1967, Amaro played for Santa Clara, Almendares, Alacranes and Cuba during 14 winters in Cuba between 1936-50.
He ranks sixth in Cuban League history in hits (725) and ninth in RBI (321) and batted over .300 five times in his career, according to Who's Who in Cuban Baseball, 1878-1961.
Amaro never reached the major leagues, playing in Cuba and the Mexican League with Veracruz and Tampico.
But his son, Ruben Amaro, who was born in Mexico, played for the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees and California Angels during 11 major-league seasons from 1958-69.
And Santos Amaro's grandson, Ruben Jr., now the senior vice president and general manager of the Phillies, played eight seasons -- six with the Phillies -- in the majors between 1991-98.