Gil Torres

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Don Gilberto Torres Nunez

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Gil Torres led the Southern Association with 23 complete games as a pitcher in 1943. But then, in 1944 he was the regular third baseman for the Washington Senators.

In 1946, Torres became the last "non-pitcher" to save a major league game until Stevie Wilkerson did so in 2019. He pitched in only five major league games, being mainly an infielder in the majors. It was once common, especially in the 19th century, for position players to be used as relief pitchers, but the practice became increasingly rare and has largely been limited to blowouts and marathon games since the first decades of the 20th century.

Torres is buried in the Cementerio de Regla. He had two daughters, Teresa and Tamara, and two granddaughters, Mylene, Cheryl and two grandsons, Ricardo and Roberto.

Torres managed the 1953 Valdosta Browns and the 1954 West Palm Beach Indians and began the season as manager of the 1955 Mexico City Red Devils being replaced on June 28th by Mario Diaz.

Remaining in Cuba after the Cuban Revolution, Torres managed in the Cuban Serie Nacional and guided the Cuban national team in the 1963 Pan American Games and 1966 Central American and Caribbean Games. Both times, they took home Gold. He led them to a poor 2-3 finish in the 1962 Central American and Caribbean Games. He also did some scouting on the side, signing Adolfo Phillips for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1960.

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