Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Valentin Dreke ranks 10th in hitting (.305) in Cuban League history
Elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945, Dreke played nine winters in Cuba -- eight with Almendares -- from 1919-28.
Dreke (shown in this 1923-24 Billiken card) ranks 10th in career batting average (.305) in Cuban League history and led the league in runs scored for three consecutive seasons (1923-26), according to Who's Who in Cuban Baseball, 1878-1961.
He died of tuberculosis in 1929 at age 31.