Monday, March 28, 2011

Claro Duany starred in Cuban, Negro and Mexican leagues

March 28: On this day in 1997, Cuban League star Claro Duany died in Evanston, Ind.

That same year, Duany, who played mostly with Marianao during 12 winters in Cuba between 1942-55, was elected into the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame.

Duany (shown in this 1945-46 Caramelo Deportes Felices card) ranks 10th in Cuban League history in doubles (93) and home runs (37), according to Who's Who in Cuban Baseball, 1878-1961.

Twice he led the league in batting, compiling a .340 average in 1944-45 and a .368 mark in 1946-47.

In the Negro leagues, Duany played for the New York Cubans from 1944-47 and was a member of the Negro League East-West All-Star team in 1947. He also was the Mexican League batting champion in 1945-46.

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