The Beginning






The following timeline is a summary of the main events in Cuban Baseball history. It covers baseball in Cuba and the exploits of players of Cuban heritage from the 1860's to the year 2000. For more recent news see Latest News section. For the resources used see the Bibliography page.

1864 Nemiso Guillo returns from school in Mobile, Alabama. He brings a bat and baseball in his trunk.

1866 American sailors help spread baseball in Cuba by playing with the locals at Cuban ports.

1869 Spanish authorities issue a ban on Baseball on the island of Cuba...Esteban Bellan joins the semipro Troy Haymakers.

1871 Cuban Esteban Bellan becomes the first Cuban and Latin American player to play in a Major League in the United States. He played with the Troy Haymakers and New York Mutuals of the National Association.

1874 The first official game is played on December 27, 1874, at the Palmar del Junco, in Pueblo Nuevo, Matanzas. Club Habana defeated Club Matanzas, 51 to 9, in 9 innings.

1878 Club Habana and Club Almendares are organized. They participate along with Club Matanzas in the first Championship which is won by Club Habana.

1879 Club Colon starts two American Players, George McCullar and Mack, but had to drop out of the Championship when Almendares protested.

1882 Sandy Nava becomes the second Cuban and Latin American to play in the US Major Leagues...Jose Maria Teuma, of Club Fe, becomes the first recorded switch hitter in Cuban League play. He also played all nine positions.

1885 Official Statistics are kept for the first time during the 1885-86 season. Wenceslao Galvez was the leading hitter, with 10 Hits and a .345 batting average, Adolfo Lujan was the leading pitcher with a 5-0 record.

1886 Carlos Macia pitched the first shutout game in Cuban League history blanking Fe 16-0... Cuban Giants appear as the first professional Negro League team. Even though their name implies it they do not have a single Cuban on the roster.

1887 Carlos Macia pitched the first No-Hit game in Cuban League history.

1890 The Club Cuba from Key West, made up of the children of Cuban Immigrants, becomes the first baseball Team from the United States to play in Cuba.

1890's Cubans introduce baseball to Mexico (1890), Puerto Rico (1890), Dominican Republic (1891) and Venezuela (1895).

1891 A barnstorming team called "All Americans" becomes the first team of US Major Leaguers to play in Cuba. On the team was John McGraw who would later bring his teams to the island.

1893 Antonio Ma. "El Ingles" Garcia captures his third consecutive batting title.

1894 Almendares captures first Championship and the greatest rivalry in Cuban baseball fires up.

1900 The Negro League Cuban X-Giants visit Cuba in the Spring. Their "Cuban" name was a curiosity that began with the first organized Negro League team the Cuban Giants who had no Cubans on the team...Luis "Mulo" Padron leads pitchers in victories (13) and batters in hits (31).

1903 The Cuban X-Giants return to Cuba and win nine while losing two.

1904 The Cuban Baseball team All Cubans makes its first appearance in the Negro Leagues. The Cubans were a racially mixed team...The Negro League barnstorming team All Nations visited Havana.

1905 The All Cubans return to the Negro Leagues. They bring with them Armando Marsans and Rafael Almeida.

1906 The Cuban X-Giants, with Rube Foster, return to Cuba and win five while losing five.

1907 A team made of players from the Negro League Philaselphia Giants and Royal Giants won six and lost 5. John Henry Lloyd makes his Cuban debut...Cuba opens up its winter league to foreign players. Negro League legend, Rube Foster, brings with him to play in Cuba many of the best Negro League players of the day.

1908 Cuban Pitcher Luis Padron is invited to spring training by the Chicago White Sox. He is considered too dark and is sent home...The Cuban Stars, made up of Cuban players, play in the Negro Leagues...The Cincinnati Reds play several exhibition games against Cuban teams. Cuban Pitcher Jose de la Caridad Mendez, who made his Cuban League debut, pitched 25 straight scoreless innings against the Reds...The Brooklyn Royal Giants won seven and lost five.

1909 The Indianapolis Indians of the American Association played a series of games...The American League Champions, Detroit Tigers, are next to visit the island. In a game on November 18 they were unable to get a hit against Cuban Pitcher Eustaquio "Bombin" Pedroso. The Tigers record against the Cubans was 4 wins and 8 losses...An All-Star team featuring Mordecai Brown won 2 and lost 3 games...The Cuban Stars play again in the Negro Leagues.

Home Base History Timeline Hall of Fame Cuban Greats Box Scores 1 Leaders American Latin Leagues Modern Era Women Teams Major League Negro League Baseball Card Collecting Store Latest News Links Sitemap Events About Me Bibliography