Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tony Castaño led Cuban League in hitting twice, led Cienfuegos to two pennants

Oct. 13: On this day in 1989, Cuban League star Antonio "Tony" Castaño died in Miami, Fla.

Elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1967, Castaño played for Santa Clara, Habana, Cienfuegos, Marianao and Almendares during 14 winters in Cuba between 1936-50.

According to Who's Who in Cuban Baseball, 1878-1961, Castaño (shown in this 1946-47 Felices card) led the Cuban League in batting in 1938-39 (.371) and and 1939-40 (.340) and led the league with 44 RBI in the latter.

As a manager, Castaño led Cienfuegos to two Cuban League pennants (1959-60 and 1960-61) in four seasons. The 1959-60 team went on to win the Caribbean Series, going undefeated in six games.

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