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Jesus Patracis Cuellar
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 183 lb.
- Debut July 2, 1950
- Final Game July 4, 1950
- Born August 23, 1917 in Ybor City, FL USA
- Died October 11, 1994 in Tampa, FL USA
 Biographical Information
Charlie Cuellar who was often referred to as the Marco Polo of the minors would start his 17 year tour of pro baseball with the Decatur Commodores of the class B Three-I League as a free agent at the age of 17 in 1935. He went 3-7 in 22 games. Unknown at the time it would be 15 seasons and ten teams in eleven leagues before Cuellar would get his one shot at the major league hitters in 1950.
The young pitcher hung together five straight seasons of double digit wins (1938-1942) with his best year coming in 1942 when he led the Bi-State League in three categories, a 22-6 record and a 1.67 ERA while striking out 204 batters and pitched 248 innings for the Leaksville-Draper-Spray Triplets club. The Chicago Cubs liked what they had seen and signed Charlie as a free agent before the 1944 season. He quickley went 16-7 for the Nashville Volunteers, helping them to the play-off title of the Southern Association.
The Cubs assigned Charlie to the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League in '45, where he won 13 but lost 17. He was 1-4 for Marianao in Cuba that winter. In May of '46, the Cubs dealt him to the Tampa Smokers of the Florida International League in an unknown transaction. He would go 11-5 with a 1.57 ERA and lead the second place Smokers to the play-off championship. 1947 would see Cuellar go 15-7 with a 2.14 ERA for the second place Tampa team but he had a bright spot in the season when he No-Hit the league winning Havana Cubans 5-0 on July 23.
Charlie would go 17-10 in '48 and 17-15 in '49 both with the Smokers, but no cigar - and probably the worst thing that could happen to Charlie the Chicago White Sox signed him as a free agent on July 1, 1950, put him on a big league mound, and in the short span of 10 days he appeared in two games, with no decisions, but a 33.75 ERA and the White Sox released him on July 10, 1950.
Cuellar did salvage most of his hurt by winding up the year with a double digit win number, going 7-3 with the Lakeland Pilots before his debut, and 7-4 with the Memphis Chickasaws afterwards - for a split season 14-7 with a 2.25 ERA. He was 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA for Marianao in the 1950-1951 winter. Charlie would spend three more seasons (1951-1953) in the minors, ending up in the same league that he started this trip in, going 5-4 with the Keokuk Kernels of the Three-I League.
Charlie finished up his active playing days with 17 seasons under his belt (1935-1953), pitching over a three decade time period, and showed a very good 209-139 record and a 2.82 ERA while pitching 2,942 innings. In two seasons, 1937 and 1943, he shows no stats for those years, possibly injured, holding out, or pitching in another country.
He did try his managing skills with the Lakeland Pilots in 1950, when he was the first of two that handled the club to a 57-93 record. Charlie was also the first of four managers for the Tallahassee Rebels in 1954 when they finished 22-76.