Sunday, October 30, 2011

Dave Barnhill led Cuban League in wins, strikeouts in 1948-49 for Marianao

Oct. 30: On this day in 1914, Negro leagues star Dave Barnhill was born in Greenville, N.C.

Barnhill, who played for Alex Pompez's New York Cubans from 1941-49, played three seasons in the Cuban League with Marianao between 1947-50.

According to Who's Who in Cuban baseball, 1878-1961, Barnhill (left, with Tigres teammate Buck Leonard in this photo posted on the SABR Research Journal Archives) led the Cuban League with 13 victories in 1948-49 while posting a 2.76 ERA.

He's tied for the most strikeouts (15) in a Cuban League game on Jan. 10, 1948. Barnhill also led the league in stikeouts in 1947-48 (122) and 1948-49 (79).

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