Thursday, January 6, 2011

1950-51 ended with one-game playoff: Habana vs. Almendares

A 1950-51 Habana team premium issued as the centerfold of a magazine that was up for auction in November, 2010 at Cuban Baseball Auctions.

In that season, Habana and Almendares were tied atop the standings at the conclusion of the regular season, forcing a one-game playoff between the eternal rivals.

In the first such game since the 1936-37 Cuban League season, the Lions won 4-2 with Adrian Zabala on the mound. Habana’s pitching staff also included Hall of Famer Hoyt Wilhelm, who went 8-6 with a league-leading 2.36 ERA.

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