Havana Cubans

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The Havana Cubans played in the Florida International League from 1946 to 1953 and won the league title in each of their first five seasons. The team's star for several years was Connie Marrero. In 1947 he went 25-6 with a 1.66 ERA, leading the Florida International League in wins and ERA. The next year he was 20-11 with a league-best 1.67 ERA. He went 25-8 with a 1.53 ERA in 1949, leading the league in victories and finishing second in ERA. A year later he would make his big-league debut 4 days shy of his 39th birthday.

The 1950 edition boasted several future or former big-leaguers, such as Sandy Consuegra, Bobby Estalella, Carlos Pascual and Rene Monteagudo. Nap Reyes joined the club in 1951 as Estalella, Consuegra and Monteagudo left. Mike Fornieles, Camilo Pascual and Silvio Garcia joined the Cubans for the 1952 campaign. The Pascual brothers were the most recognizable names on the 1953 squad, which had the worst season at a still somewhat respectable 63-69.

In 1954 the International League expanded to Cuba with the Havana Sugar Kings and Havana left the Florida International League for higher pastures.

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1947 Havana Cubans

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1946 76-41** 1st Oscar Rodríguez Lost in 1st round
1947 105-45 1st Oscar Rodríguez League Champs
1948 97-57 1st Oscar Rodríguez League Champs
1949 95-57 1st Oscar Rodríguez Lost League Finals
1950 101-49 1st Oscar Rodríguez Lost League Finals
1951 68-71 5th Dolf Luque
1952 76-77 5th Fermin Guerra
1953 63-69 4th Armando Marsans Lost in 1st round

** Team lost 17 wins due to using an excessive number of class men.