1932 Pollock's Cuban Stars

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1932 Cuban Stars / Franchise: Cuban Stars / BR Team Page[edit]

Record: 10-12-0, Finished 4th in East-West League (1932 EWL)

Managed by Ramiro Ramírez

Ballpark: None

History, Comments, Contributions[edit]

The 1932 Pollock's Cuban Stars were the only season in a league for the Cuban team run by Syd Pollock (they were an independent team in 1931 and 1933, known as the Cuban House of David for 1931). They continued a long history of majority-Cuban road teams in the Negro Leagues.

Their strength was their mound corps with a 116 ERA+ ranking third in the East-West League. Luis Tiant Sr. was their ace hurler (5-3, 2.89, 161 ERA+), with Barney Brown (1-6, 5.04, 93 ERA+) struggling as their other hurler to make five or more starts. In less work, Roosevelt Davis was 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA (178 ERA+) and 20-year-old Lázaro Salazar going 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA (164 ERA+).

The offense was not as strong with a 90 OPS+. Salazar and Brown also started in the outfield - Salazar in center, Brown in left and both hit fine - .316/.366/.360 (106 OPS+) for the former and .281/.369/.368 (109 OPS+) for the latter. C Pedro Díaz was their top hitter at .352/.418/.620 (192 OPS+) while 1B Charlie Mason (masonch02) batted .296/.360/.383 for a 110 OPS+. Other starters were LF Ramón Rojas (.275/.319/.383, 99 OPS+), 3B Carlos Etchegoyen (.252/.316/.327, 82 OPS+), SS Francisco Correa (.237/.287/.333, 75 OPS+) and 2B Fermín Valdés (.194/.239/.214, 28 OPS+, .982 FLD%). Backup outfielder Terris McDuffie (.333/.436/.364, 127 OPS+) would go on to more fame as a pitcher. Other regular backups were C Pedro Lanuza (.185/.290/.185, 36 OPS+) and RF Ramiro Ramírez (.182/.289/.242, 51 OPS+), who also managed the club.

All stats listed are per the Seamheads database 3/19/2021; other sources vary