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Raul Galata

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Domingo Raul Galata Capote

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 170 lb.

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Raul Galata only played two games in his native Cuba's top league but was a two-way player for over a decade in Mexico.

Galata debuted in 1949 with the Negro League Indianapolis Clowns. He pitched in the 1950 East-West Game, entering as a pinch-hitter for Joe Black in the 4th. He went 0 for 2 at the plate and allowed five hits, two walks, a hit batsman and three runs in an awful two innings to take the loss in a 5-3 decision; Jonas Gaines relieved him. All the damage came in the 5th. With the score even at two and two out, Alonzo Perry singled and Bob Harvey walked. Art Pennington hit a 2-run triple that could have been the inning-ender had Ben Littles not lost it in the sun. Ed Steele then singled in Pennington.

Galata was with Venezuela's Magallanes Navigators for the 1951 Caribbean Series, losing his only game. He started the summer of 1951 with Indianapolis but ended with the Mexican League's Monterrey Sultans (7-7, 4.24, 97 BB in 136 innings; .253/.356/.360). During his career in Mexico, Galata played both first base and outfield regularly in addition to pitching. In 1952, the left-hander was 1 for 8 at the plate for the Sultans and 0-1 on the mound. He split 1953 between the Veracruz Eagle and Mexico City Red Devils, hitting .250/.413/.372 with 52 walks in 65 games while going 4-6 with a 3.75 ERA and walking 69 in 98 1/3 innings.

The 23-year-old put up a .313/.401/.472 line for Veracruz in 1954 and was 12-11 with a 4.32 ERA and 110 walks in 193 2/3 innings. In 1955, he had another good year on both ends of the ball, hitting .306/.381/.505 and having a 14-8, 3.72 record. He got into his only two Cuban Winter League games in 1955-1956, giving up 6 earned runs, four hits and four walks in two innings for the Almendares club. In the summer of 1956, he fell to .199/.298/.263 for Veracruz with a 5-12, 3.63 record and 104 walks in 156 innings.

In 1957, Galata hit .277/.353/.396 and went 10-14 with a 4.54 ERA and 136 walks in 214 innings in his fourth full year for Veracruz. He was 0-1 and went 1 for 6 at the plate in a brief Mexican League stint in 1958 but spent most of the season with the Chihuahua Dorados of the Arizona-Mexico League (12-2, 2.54; .310/?/.470). In '59, the veteran went 13 for 48 with 13 walks, two doubles and a homer for Monterrey. He also played for them in 1960, hitting .267/.418/.408 and having a pitching line of 7-8, 4.24 with 93 walks in 136 innings.

Raul fell to .229/.331/.329 for the 1961 Sultans and was 2-4 with a 3.06 ERA. He was 0-1 in 1962 and 0 for 1 at the plate. During the 1963 campaign, he rebounded to .291/.401/.390 offensively but gave up three runs in three innings. He ended his career in 1964 with the Puerto Mexico Portenos, hitting .273 and going 8-13 with a 3.47 ERA. He led the Mexican Southeast League with 119 strikeouts.

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