Saturday, April 30, 2011

Lorenzo 'Chiquitin' Cabrera was a career .300 hitter in Cuban League

April 30: On this day in 1930, Cuban League star Lorenzo "Chiquitin" Cabrera was born in Las Villas, Cuba.

Elected into the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985, Cabrera (shown in this 1953 photo that was up for auction on in September 2010) played 11 seasons in Cuba -- seven-plus with Marianao -- between 1942-57.

According to Who's Who in Cuban Baseball, 1878-1961, Cabrera ranks sixth on the all-time Cuban League doubles list and ninth with a career .307 batting average. He batted over .300 in six of his final eight Cuban League seasons.

In the Negro leagues, Cabrera played for the New York Cubans between 1947-50. He was a member of the 1947 team that won the Negro National League pennant over the Cleveland Buckeyes in the Negro World Series.

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