Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Alejandro Oms ranks third in Cuban League history in batting average (.345)

A 1923-24 Billiken Card depicting Cuban League and Negro leagues star Alejandro Oms.

Elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1944, Oms is third on the All-time Cuban League list in batting average (.345) and holds the records for the longest hitting streak (30 games in 1928), most consecutive seasons batting over .300 (eight) and most seasons batting over .300 (11), according to Who’s Who in Cuban Baseball: 1878-1961.

Between 1922-46, Oms, who died on this date (Nov. 9) in 1946, played for Santa Clara, Matanzas, San Jose, Cuba, Marianao, Habana and Almendares and led the Cuban League in batting four times.

He was the MVP of the 1928-29 season, when he set the all-time Cuban League mark with a .432 batting average while leading Habana to the pennant

In the Negro leagues, El Caballero played for Cuban Stars (1917, 1922-1932), All Cubans (1921) and Alex Pompez's New York Cubans (1935).

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