Alex Pompez

Alex Pompez

Alex Pompez is best known for owning a pair of Negro League baseball teams from 1916 to 1950, the Cuban Stars and the New York Cubans. He would later serve as a scout annd director of international scouting for the Giants, and was posthumouslyu inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.

About Alex Pompez

Alejandro 'Alex' Pompez (May 14, 1890 - March 14, 1974) was an American executive in Negro league baseball who owned the Cuban Stars (East) and New York Cubans franchises from 1916 to 1950. His family were cigar manufacturers who had immigrated from Cuba. Outside of baseball and numbers he was educated as an attorney and he had owned and operated a cigar shop in downtown Manhattan. He later served as a scout, and as director of international scouting, for the Giants franchise in Major League Baseball. Born in Key West, Florida to Cuban immigrant parents, he signed numerous Latin American players for his Negro League teams, including Martn Dihigo, Minnie Mioso and Alejandro Oms. He also helped organize the first Negro League World Series in 1924. Pompez, like many owners of eastern Negro League teams, was involved with organized crime figures. He was one of New York's leading numbers bankers during the 1920s but was forced to join Dutch Schultz in 1932.

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