as an Almendarista
Injury kept Willie Mays from playing for Almendares in 1950-51 [at cubanbeisbol.blogspot.com]
Friday, May 6, 2011
Happy 80th birthday Willie Mays.
Willie Mays Statistics and History
For a guy who never had a single plate appearance or got to play a single inning in the field in the Cuban League, there certainly are lots of images of him in an Almendares uniform.
The photo, at the top of this post, on Feb. 13, 2009.
sold for $377.18 at Goodwin and Co.
Mays was on the 1950-51 Almendares roster along with players such as Conrado Marrero, who turned 100 on April 25, 2011; Tommy Lasorda, Willy Miranda and Negro leaguers Lenny Pearson and Terris McDuffie.
But an ankle injury kept him off the field.
Too bad for Almendares, which lost the Cuban League pennant by one game to archrival Habana.
Labels: Almendares, Baseball, Cuba, History, Willie Mays
More Willie Mays photos at Academy of Achievement
Images for Photos of Willie Mays at Google
JG: One year after Willie Mays was proudly wearing the uniform of Almendares, I switched my allegiance from being a Leones de La Habana fan and proceeded to join the legions of fans of the Alacranes del Almendares. It was a very sad year, that 1952. The U.S. favorite "democrat," General Fulgencio Batista had staged a coup on March 10, which would destroy the last vestiges of civility and democracy in the Caribbean Island. On January 1st, 1959, rebel forces led by Fidel and Raul Castro, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, Camilo Cienfuegos and others, would liberate the island from the U.S. supported puppet. CUBA WAS FINALLY FREE!