Sunday, October 9, 2011

Adolfo Lujan, Antonio Garcia, Rafael Hernandez among Cuba's earliest stars

Cover of El Score, a weekly publication covering Sports, art and literature in Cuba, likely from prior to 1900.

It features Cuban baseball pioneers Rafael Hernandez, Antonio Maria Garcia and Adolfo Lujan.

All three are enshrined in the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame, with Hernandez elected in 1948 and Garcia and Lujan in 1939.

According to Who's Who in Cuban Baseball, 1878-1961, Hernandez played for Habana, Almendares, Habanista and Almendarists during 12 seasons from 1885-1899.

Garcia, who played for Almendares, Habana, Fe and Aguila de Oro during 18 seasons from 1882-1905, is tied for the most times leading the Cuban League in batting average (four) -- .448 in 1888, .369 in 1889-90, .362 in 1892 and .385 in 1892-93 -- while batting over .300 nine times.

And Lujan played eight seasons -- seven with Habana -- from 1882-91. Three times he led the league in games won while compiling a 34-9 record.

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