Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Chico Fernandez starred with Cienfuegos for eight seasons

March 2: On this day in 1932, Cuban League star Humberto "Chico" Fernandez was born in Havana, Cuba.

Elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997, Fernandez played 10 Cuban League seasons -- eight with Cienfuegos -- from 1951-61.

Fernandez led the Cuban League in doubles in 1955-56 and stolen bases in 1953-54.

Fernandez (show in Cuba with the Brooklyn Dodgers' Montreal Royals affiliate in the Class AAA International League in the 1954 photo) also played eight seasons in the majors with the Dodgers, the Phillies, Tigers and Mets from 1956-63.

His best season came in 1962 when he hit 20 home runs for the Tigers.

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