The next Negro Baseball Leagues legend is one of the greatest Cuban players of all-time, Cristobal Torriente, who played between 1912 and 1932 for both Cuban and Negro League organizations:
Torriente holds the Cuban Winter League career high-water mark for
batting average at .352, and also went on to retire with a .331 Negro
League BA, winning titles in 1920 and 1923.
One of my favorite quotes in ANY baseball lore is one attributed to
Indianapolis ABC’s manager C.I. Taylor, who stated, “If I see Torriente
walking up the other side of the street, I would say, ‘There walks a
In 2001 Bill James rated Torriente as the 67th greatest baseball player
ever for his book “The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract.”
In 1939 he was one of the first to be elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall
of Fame, and though it took a long while, he was finally elected to the
Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006.