Thursday, October 27, 2011

Don Richmond led Cuban League in doubles for Cienfuegos in 1948-49

Oct. 27: On this day in 1919, former major- and Cuban-League player Don Richmond was born in Gilbert, Penn.

Richmond (shown in this 1949-50 Alerta premium on Doug Goodman's Flickr photostream) played for Cienfuegos, Habana and Marianao in consecutive seasons from 1948-51. He led the Cuban League with 17 doubles while playing with Ceinfuegos in 1948-49, according to Who's Who in Cuban Baseball, 1878-1961.

In the majors, Richmond played for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1941, '46 and '47 and with the Cardinals in 1951.

His best season came in 1946 when he hit .290 in 62 at-bats.

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