Thursday, April 14, 2011

Salvador Hernandez's finest stint as manager came in Federation League

A 1947-48 Kellogg's postcard of catcher Salvador Hernandez with Leones of the Players Federation League.

This was up for auction at
in September 2010.

Hernandez was elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997.

Serving as a player-manager with Leones of the short-lived Players Federation, which operated outside Organized Baseball at Stadium La Tropical, Hernandez led the team to that league’s pennant over Cuba, Alacranes and Santiago.

Hernandez played 10-plus seasons for Habana during 15 winters in Cuba from 1935-51, but he only played two seasons in the majors -- 1942 and '43 with the Chicago Cubs.

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