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Not all history makes the record books, even in baseball

1 November 2012

Do you know who this is?  A REAL baseball aficianado would of course recognize Ramon Bragaña.  The right-hander pitched from 1928 to 1948 for several teams in the Cuban winter league, and from 1940 to 1951, he was also the star pitcher for los Azules de Veracruz.   His career in Cuba (including setting the record for the most consecutive scoreless innings: 39 and 2/rds, during the 1941-42 season) and in Mexico (as the winning pitcher of 179 games during his career) led to his induction in both nation’s Baseball Hall of Fame (Cuba in 1960, Mexico in 1964).  Bragaña also pitched for the New York Cubans and the Buckeyes in the Negro Baseball League, but if remembered in the United States, it’s not so much for no-hitters as for having pitched to a batter who hit a home run off his pitch at an exhibition game between the Azules and the Mexico City Diablos Rojos played at Parque Delta in Mexico City on 30 May 1946… a seminal event in baseball history that didn’t count.

Why?

Answer after the jump

˙unɹ ǝɯoɥ uʍouʞ ʇsɐl sıɥ sɐʍ ƃuıʍs ʇsɹıɟ sıɥ puɐ `ɥʇnɹ ǝqɐq sɐʍ `ǝsɹnoɔ ɟo `ʇsıɹnoʇ ǝɥʇ  ˙ƃuıuuı ǝuo ʇɐq oʇ ʇsǝnbǝɹ s,ʇsıɹnoʇ ǝɥʇ oʇ pǝɔsǝnbɔɐ puɐ `ɹǝɔuɐɔ ɟo ƃuıʎp sɐʍ ʇsǝnƃ sıɥ ʍǝuʞ `lǝnbsɐd ǝƃɹoɾ ʇuǝpısǝɹd ǝnƃɐǝl llɐqǝsɐq uɐɔıxǝɯ `ʇsoɥ sıɥ ˙ʇsıɹnoʇ oƃuıɹƃ plo ɹɐǝʎ ⇂ގ ʎlʇɹod ɐ ˙˙˙ɹǝƃuıɹ ɐ sɐʍ ɹǝʇʇɐq solqɐıp ǝɥʇ

Mexican Baseball League President Jorge Pasquel and guest… 30 May 1946, Parque Delta, México.

Sources:  Universo Beísbol

Cuban Beísbol

Salon de Fama de Beísbol Profesional de México

HSB Sports Collectibles

¿El último home run? (Gerardo Díaz, Relatos e Historias en México, Octubre 2012)

Diablos Rojos de México

 

 

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