Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Valentin Dreke ranks 10th in hitting (.305) in Cuban League history

June 21: On this day in 1898, Cuban League star Valentin Dreke was born in Union de Reyes, Matanzas, Cuba.

Elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945, Dreke played nine winters in Cuba -- eight with Almendares -- from 1919-28.

Dreke (shown in this 1923-24 Billiken card) ranks 10th in career batting average (.305) in Cuban League history and led the league in runs scored for three consecutive seasons (1923-26), according to Who's Who in Cuban Baseball, 1878-1961.

He died of tuberculosis in 1929 at age 31.

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