Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mike Fornieles was the top Cuban League rookie in 1952-53

Jan. 18: On this day in 1932, former major-league pitcher and Cuban League star Miguel "Mike" Fornieles was born in Havana.

Elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985, Fornieles compiled a 63-64 record with a 3.96 ERA in 12 major league seasons, seven with the Boston Red Sox.

In the Cuban League, he pitched eight seasons for Marianao, going 70-63 with a 2.93 ERA.

Fornieles (shown in his Sept. 3, 1952 debut with the Washington Senators) was the Cuban League rookie of the year in 1952-53, when he went 12-5 with a league-leading 2.33 ERA, according to Who's Who in Cuban Baseball, 1878-1961.

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