Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Cristóbal Torriente

Cristóbal Torriente

Pre-Negro Leagues 1913-1919
Negro Leagues, 1920-1928, 1932

A compact and powerful five-tool player with tremendous extra-base power to all fields. Played 17 seasons overall and ranks among all-time Negro Leagues leaders in doubles, triples, slugging percentage, total bases and RBI. Led Chicago American Giants to three successive Negro National League titles, 1920-1922. Exceptional speed and range allowed him to cover center field with great ease. Prior to the formation of the Negro Leagues, starred in his native Cuba. Famed for outplaying Babe Ruth during a nine-game barnstorming series in 1920.

Elected to the U.S. Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006.

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