Monday, June 13, 2011

Hector Rodriguez tops several Cuban League career batting lists

June 13: On this day in 1920, Cuban League star Hector Rodriguez was born in Alquizar, Havana, Cuba.

Elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974, Rodriguez played 19 seasons: 13 for Almendares, five for Habana and one with Alacranes.

Rodriguez tops the Cuban League career list in runs (574), hits (1,237), triples (79) and RBI (522), according to Who’s Who in Cuban Baseball, 1878-1961. He’s also tied for first in doubles (130) and third stolen bases (111).

Named Cuban League rookie of the year in 1942-43, Rodriguez (shown in this 1949-50 Alerta premium) is the only player in league history to amass more than 1,000 career hits.

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