Jose Mendez

Jose Mendez

About Jose Mendez

Jos de la Caridad Mndez (March 19, 1887 October 31, 1928) was a Cuban right-handed pitcher and manager in baseball's Negro Leagues. Born in Crdenas, Matanzas, he died at age 41 in Havana. Known in Cuba as El Diamante Negro (the 'Black Diamond'), he became a legend in his homeland. He was one of the first group of players elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939. He was elected to the U.S. National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006. In 1907 Mndez was discovered by Beb Royer of the Almendares team in the Cuban League. A relatively small man (5 feet, 9 inches), he threw a hard fast ball with a deceptively easy motion and a snapping curve. His first Cuban League season (from January through March 1908), he went 90, and, along with veteran Joseto Muoz, led the Almendares Blues to the Cuban League pennant. That summer he made his United States debut with the Cuban Stars and also went 30 for the Brooklyn Royal Giants.

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