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The American Series
(Temporara Americana de Baseball Profesional)

The American Series is a Cuban baseball tradition that began with the arrival  of the All-Americans for a set of games in 1891. Until the end of professional baseball in Cuba Major, Minor and Negro League teams from the U.S. toured the island. They played Cuban professional league, Amateur league, and Cuban all-star squads. Major League teams that came to Cuba for Spring Training participated in these games as tune-ups for the upcoming season. The games were very competitive as seen by the won loss records of the visiting teams. The American Series was very popular with the Cuban fans and the Cuban leagues were scheduled around them. Some of the greatest American baseball players came to the island to play. Men like John McGraw, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, John Henry Lloyd, and Oscar Charleston among other Hall of Famers and stars.

American Series

1937 American Series Program

Year

Dates

Team

Record

 

Players (Stars)

1891

 

All-Americans

5-0

 

John McGraw

1900

2/18 to 4/9

Cuban X Giants

12-3

 

Clarence Williams and Charles Grant

1900

11/5 to 11/25

Brooklyn Superbas

4-0

 

Hughie Jennings

1903

12/1 to 12/9

Cuban X Giants

2-6-1

 

Rube Foster, Pete Hill & Grant Johnson

1904

10/13 to 1/19

Cuban X Giants

7-2

 

Grant (Home Run) Johnson

1904

10/13 to 1/19

Lynn (MA)

2-5-1

 

 

1904

10/13 to 1/19

All-Nations

1-5

 

 

1904

10/13 to 1/19

Tampa

2-6

 

Matty McIntyre

1904

10/13 to 1/19

All-Americans

8-3-1

 

George Davis

1905

10/22 to 12/3

Cuban X Giants

5-4

 

Rube Foster & Pete Hill

1905

10/22 to 12/3

Lynn (MA)

2-6

 

 

1905

10/22 to 12/3

Poughkeepsie

0-1

 

 

1906

11/4 to 12/31

Cuban X Giants

7-4

 

Bruce Petway & Pete Hill

1906

11/4 to 12/31

All-Americans

8-6

 

Matty McIntyre

1907

10/10 to 12/29

Philadelphia Giants

10-12-1

 

John Henry Lloyd & Grant Johnson

1907

10/10 to 12/29

All-Leaguers

5-6

 

 

1908

10/10 to 12/18

Brookyn Royal Giants

7-6

 

Jude Gans,  Pete Hill & Grant Johnson

1908

10/10 to 12/18

Cincinnati Reds

5-5

 

Miller Huggins

1908

10/10 to 12/18

Key west

3-6

 

 

1909

10/3 to 12/19

Indianapolis

8-6

 

 

1909

10/3 to 12/19

Detroit Tigers

4-8

 

Matty McIntyre

1909

10/3 to 12/19

All-Stars

2-5

 

Addie Joss & Mordecai Brown

1910

10/9 to 12/19

Chicago Leland Giants

5-4-1

 

Frank Duncan, John H. Lloyd & Rube Foster

1910

10/9 to 12/19

Detroit Tigers

7-5

 

Ty Cobb & Sam Crawford

1910

10/9 to 12/19

Philadelphia Athletics

4-6

 

Chief Bender & Eddie Plank

1911

11/1 to 12/18

New Britain, Conn.

4-9-1

 

 

1911

11/1 to 12/18

Philadelphia Phillies

5-4

 

Sherry Magee

1911

11/1 to 12/18

New York Giants

9-3

 

Christy Mathewson

1912

10/18 to 12/29

New Orleans Pelicans

4-8

 

 

1912

10/18 to 12/29

Philadelphia Athletics

10-2

 

Eddie Collins, Frank Baker, Bender &  Plank

1912

10/18 to 12/29

Lincoln Giants

4-8

 

Joe (Smokey) Williams & Dick Redding

1913

10/3 to 11/30

Birmingham Barons

8-5-2

 

 

1913

10/3 to 11/30

Brooklyn Superbas

10-5

 

Casey Stengel

1914

10/10 to 11/29

Lincoln Giants

4-9-1

 

Louis Santop & Dick Redding

1914

10/10 to 11/29

Birmingham Barons

6-6-1

 

 

1915

3/15 to 4/3

St. Louis Federals

7-2

 

Eddie Plank

1915

10/1 to 11/29

Indianapolis ABCs

8-11

 

Oscar Charleston & Dick Redding

1919

10/19 to 12/2

Pittsburgh Pirates

10-6

 

Max Carey

1920

10/16 to 11/28

New York Giants

8-5-4

 

Babe Ruth, Dave Bancroft & Frank Frisch

1920

10/16 to 11/28

Bacharach Giants

1-3

 

Oliver Marcelle, Dick Lundy & Red Ryan

1921

10/17 to 12/6

Memphis

7-11

 

 

1921

10/17 to 12/6

Brooklyn Dodgers

10-5

 

Burleigh Grimes

1925

2/5 to 2/17

All Yankees

5-2-1

 

More on this Historic Series

1930

10/10 to 10/27

Ens Stars

 

 

Al Lopez, Pie Traynor & Paul Warner

1930

10/10 to 10/27

Bancroft Stars

 

 

Bill Terry, Sam Rice & Carl Hubbell

1937

2/25 to 3/14

New York Giants

1-3-1

 

Mel Ott

1937

2/25 to 3/14

St. Louis Cardinals

 

 

Johnny Mize, Leo Durocher & Joe Medwick

1938

10/8 to 10/16

Homestead Grays

2-6

 

Josh Gibson, Buck Leonard & Willie Wells

1939

10/7 to 10/15

Homestead Grays

6-0

 

Josh Gibson, Buck Leonard & Willie Wells

1940

3/21 to 3/31

Cincinnati Reds

1-1-1

 

Ernie Lombardi

1940

3/21 to 3/31

St. Louis Cardinals

3-1

 

Johnny Mize & Enos Slaughter

1941

2/28 to 3/30

Brooklyn Dodgers

2-2-1

 

Pee Wee Reese, Joe Medwick & Paul Warner

1941

2/28 to 3/30

Boston Red Sox

0-1

 

Bobby Doerr, Jimmy Foxx & Joe Cronin

1942

3/4 to 3/8

Brooklyn Dodgers

2-5

 

Pee Wee Reese, Joe Medwick & Billy Herman

1945

10/10 to 10/13

New York Cubans

0-4-1

 

 

1946

March

Washington Senators

5-0

 

Mickey Vernon

1946

March

Boston Red Sox

 

 

Ted Williams

1946

October

NL All-Stars

5-4

 

Eddie Stanky & Ralph Branca

1947

Feb - March

Brooklyn Dodgers

1-0

 

 

1947

Feb - March

Montreal Royals

3-1-1

 

Jackie Robinson & Roy Campanela

1947

Feb - March

New York Yankees

0-1

 

 

1947

Feb - March

Boston Braves

 

 

 

1949

Mar - Apr

Philadelphia Athletics

2-1

 

 

1949

Mar - Apr

Chattanooga Lookouts

 

 

 

1950

March

Baltimore Orioles

 

 

 

1950

March

Chattanooga Lookouts

 

 

 

1953

March

Pittsburgh Pirates

6-4

 

Ralph Kiner & Joe Garagiola

1959

3/20 to 3/21

Los Angeles Dodgers

 

 

Don Drysdale & Sandy Koufax

1959

3/20 to 3/21

Cincinnati Reds

 

 

 

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