We remember Martin Dihigo (1905 – 1971)

We remember today the life and times of Martin Dihigo, the great Cuban player and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Dihigo was born on this day in 1905 and played in the Negro Leagues from 1923-47. He died in 1971. A few years ago, we recorded a podcast with Fernando Hernandez, author, about his life and baseball career. Dihigo was 42 by the time that Jackie Robinson broke “the color line” in 1947. We do know that Buck Leonard, the legendary player and manager of the Kansas City Monarchs said this: 

“He was the greatest all-around player I know. I say he was the best player of all time, black or white. He could do it all.”

He hit .304 over a 12-year career in the Negro Leagues.

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