Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bartolo Portuondo batted over .300 in four of nine Cuban League seasons

Aug. 24: On this day in 1894, Cuban League star Bartolo Portuondo was born in Key West, Fla.

Elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985, Portuondo played for San Francisco, White Sox, Cuban Stars, Almendares, Habana, Cuba and Marianao from 1915-27.

According to Who's Who in Cuban Baseball: 1878-1961, Portuondo (shown in this 1945-46 Caramelo Deportivo por Felices card) led the Cuban League in stolen bases (10) in 1919-20 and batted over .300 in four winters in Cuba.

In the Negro leagues, he spent most of his career with the Cuban Stars East (1916, 1923-27) but also played for the Cuban Stars West (1917-18), All Nations Team (1919), and the Kansas City Monarchs (1920-22).

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