Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Willy Miranda was a star shortstop with Almendares for 12 seasons

May 24: On this day in 1926, Cuban League star and major-league shortstop Guillermo "Willy" Miranda was born in Velasco, Orienta, Cuba.

Elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979, Miranda played 12 seasons in the Cuban League, almost entirely with Almendares, with which he won five league pennants: 1949, '50, '54, '55 and '59.

According to Who's Who in Cuban Baseball, 1878-1961, Miranda was the league's rookie of the year in 1948-49 and he holds the record for most sacrifice hits (17) in a season in 1953-54.

Miranda, who brother was Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame writer Fausto Miranda, played nine seasons in the majors from 1951-59 with the Senators, White Sox, Browns, Yankees and Orioles.

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