Friday, May 6, 2011

Injury kept Willie Mays from playing for Almendares in 1950-51

Happy 80th birthday Willie Mays.

For a guy who never had a single plate appearance or got to play a single inning in the field in the Cuban League, there certainly are lots of images of him in an Almendares uniform.

This photo sold for $377.18 at Goodwin and Co. on Feb. 13, 2009.

Mays was on the 1950-51 Almendares roster along with players such as Conrado Marrero, who turned 100 on April 25; Tommy Lasorda, Willy Miranda and Negro leaguers Lenny Pearson and Terris McDuffie.
But an ankle injury kept him off the field.

Too bad for Almendares, which lost the Cuban League pennant by one game to archrival Habana.

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