Thursday, April 28, 2011

Pedro Ramos starred for Cienfuegos, twice leading Cuban League in wins

April 28: On this day in 1935, former major-league pitcher and Cuban League star Pedro Ramos was born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba.

Elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981, Ramos pitched for Cienfuegos during seven Cuban League seasons from 1954-61.

According to Who's Who in Cuban Baseball, 1878-1961, Ramos ranks ninth all-time in  Cuban League history in winning percentage (.595) and is tied for the most times (four) winning 10 or more games in a season.

In being named rookie of the year in 1955-56, Ramos led the league with 13 victories (for a 13-5 record). In 1960-61, Ramos led the league with 16 wins (for a 16-7 record) and was the league MVP.

Ramos compiled an 5-1 record with a 3.19 ERA in eight games during three Caribbean Series in 1956, '58 an '60.

In the majors, Ramos, who was 19 when he broke into the majors on April 11, 1955, pitched for the Senators, Twins, Indians, Yankees, Phillies, Pirates and Reds, compiling a 117-160 record with a 4.08 career ERA during a 15-year career between 1955-70.

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