Thursday, June 2, 2011

Merito Acosta was a player, manager and team owner in Cuban League

June 2: On this day in 1896, Cuban League star Baldomero "Merito" Acosta was born in Havana, Cuba.

Elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955, Acosta (left, with Adolfo Luque) played for Havana, Red Sox, Almendares and Marianao in 12 Cuban League seasons from 1913-25. He also managed Marianao for six seasons, winning the Cuban League pennant in 1922-23.

He played five major-league seasons, four with the Washington Senators.

According to Who's Who in Cuban Baseball, 1878-1961, Acosta, who was also part owner of Marianao and, later, the Havana Cubans of the Florida International League, is the only player to pull off an unassisted triple play as an outfielder on Dec. 2, 1918.

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