Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Gilberto Torres starred as a batter and pitcher in the Cuban League

Jan. 10: On this day in 1983, Cuban League star Gilberto Torres died in Regla, Cuba.

Elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007, Torres played mostly for Habana from 1934-53.

According to Who’s Who in Cuban Baseball: 1878-1961, Torres ranks ninth in Cuban League history in hits (694), batted over .300 five times and twice was the league MVP (1940-41 and 1943-44). He also compiled a 45-52 record as a pitcher, his best season (10-3) coming in 1940-41.

Torres also served as a manager for Havana Reds (1946-47), Marianao (1948-49) and Habana (1956-58).

In the majors, Torres played four seasons with the Washington Senators from 1940-46. He is the son of Ricardo Torres, who played 13 Cuban League seasons, mostly with Habana, and three seasons with the Senators (1920-22).

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