Wednesday, April 20, 2011

'Magazine Deportivo Alerta' commemorated the start of the 1950-51 Cuban League season

Cover of the October 1950 issue of Magazine Deportivo Alerta, depicting a drawing of El Gran Stadium of Havana.

This issue, which was up for auction at in September 2010, was dedicated to baseball to commemorate the beginning of the 1950-51 season.

According to Cuban Baseball: A Statistical History, 1878-1961, Habana and Almendares were tied atop the standings at the conclusion of the regular season, forcing a one-game playoff between the eternal rivals.

In the first such game since the 1936-37 Cuban League season, the Lions won 4-2 with Adrian Zabala on the mound. Habana’s pitching staff also included Hall of Famer Hoyt Wilhelm, who went 8-6 with a league-leading 2.36 ERA.

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