Saturday, March 12, 2011

Rene Monteagudo starred as a pitcher and outfielder in Cuba

March 12: On this day in 1916, Cuban League star Rene Monteagudo was born in Santa Clara, Las Villas, Cuba.

Elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986, Monteagudo was a pitcher and outfielder in Cuban and in the majors, where he played four seasons with the Washington Senators and Philadelphia Phillies between 1938-45.

In the Cuban League, Monteagudo (shown in this 1949-40 Alerta premium) played with Santa Clara, Almendares, Cienfuegos, Habana and Leones during 13 seasons between 1935-50.

Monteagudo, who died in 1973, was the father of former major-league pitcher Aurelio Monteagudo, who played for the Kansas City Athletics, Houston Astros, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals and California Angels during seven seasons from 1963-73.

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