‘El Diamante Negro,’ a Cuban baseball story

We remember today José de la Caridad Méndez Báez who was born in Cardenas, Cuba, in March 1887. He was a baseball hero in the early years of the new Cuban republic. Unfortunately, he died young in 1928. Mendez was a right-handed pitcher in the Negro Leagues for the following teams: Chicago American Giants, 1918, Detroit Star, 1919, and the Kansas City Monarchs, 1920-1926. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 2006.

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