Monday, December 19, 2011

Ramon "Paito" Herrera batted .300 or better in nine of his 18 winters in Cuba

The June 6, 1926 Carteles magazine cover depicting Cuban League star Ramon "Paito" Herrera.

Herrera, who was born on this day (Dec. 19) -- although the exact year is in question -- was elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1963.

He played for Almendares, Fe, Red Sox (yes, there was once a Cuban League team with that name), Habana and Marianao between 1913-30.

Herrera batted .300 or better during nine of his 18 winters in Cuba.

In the majors -- two seasons for the Boston Red Sox -- Herrera was known as "Mike."

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