Friday, August 26, 2011

Adrian Zabala was Cuban League's winningest left-handed pitcher

Aug. 26: On this say in 1916, Cuban League star Adrian Zabala was born in San Antonio de los Baños, Habana, Cuba.

Elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984, Zabala played for Marianao, Cuba, Almendares, Cienfuegos and Habana during during 17 winters in Cuba from 1935-55.

According to Who's Who in Cuban Baseball: 1878-1961, Zabala (shown in this 1943-44 La Campaña card) ranks first in games pitched (330), tied for third in wins (90) and tied for ninth in complete games (73) in Cuban League history.

He's the Cuban League's all-time winningest left-handed pitcher, was named co-MVP in 1950-51 and led the Cuban League with 11 wins in 1946-47.

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