We remember Merito Acosta (1896-1963), the Cuban teenager who played in the majors

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We remember Merito Acosta  (Baldomero Pedro Acosta Fernández) who was born in Bauta, Artemisa, Cuba, on this day in 1896.

On June 15, 1913, Acosta made his major league debut with Washington.    He was only 17 and one of a handful of teenagers who’ve played in the major leagues.     Acosta played 5 more years hitting .255 over 180 games.   He played all 3 outfield positions.

After baseball, Acosta worked to put a minor league team in Havana under The Florida International League.

Acosta died in Miami in 1963.

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