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Manuel Fortes (Manolo, Chino)

  • Bats Both, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 192 lb.

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[edit] Biographical Information

P/OF Manuel Fortes played stateside in the 1936 New York-Penn League and in Southwestern leagues in 1947-1955. He played in the Mexican League from 1940-1944, going 62-48 with a 4.22 ERA. His 18-6 record in 1943 led the Liga in winning percentage.

In the 1935 Central American and Caribbean Games, Fortes had the best record at 3-0 to help Cuba win a Gold Medal. He also hit .357 at the plate.

Fortes played in the Cuban Winter League from 1936-1944. In 1936, he was also one of the first 9 Cubans signed to a US contract by Joe Cambria along with Mike Guerra, Tommy de la Cruz, Jorge Comellas, Regino Otero and Bobby Estalella.

Fortes managed from the 1940s through the 1970s in the US and Mexico. He was the winning manager in the first Mexican Pacific League season (1946).


[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs
1941 Algodoneros de Torreon Mexican League -- -- replaced Mel Almada
replaced by Martin Dihigo
1947 Indios de Ciudad Juárez/Mesa Orphans Arizona-Texas League 61-69 4th
1948 Indios de Ciudad Juárez Arizona-Texas League 4th Lost League Finals replaced by Fernando Barrades May 29-Sept 6
1952 Indios de Ciudad Juárez Arizona-Texas League 84-55 1st none League Champs
1953 Indios de Ciudad Juárez Arizona-Texas League -- -- replaced by Victor Canales July 10
1954 Nogales Yaquis Arizona-Texas League -- -- replaced by Virgilio Arteaga August 8
1956 Indios de Ciudad Juárez Central Mexican League -- -- replaced by Syd Cohen
1975 Algodoneros del Unión Laguna Mexican League 8th Lost in 1st round replaced José Guerrero
1976 Zacatecas Tuzos Mexican Center League 5th none replaced Felipe Hernandez
1977 Charros de Jalisco Mexican Center League 35-31 5th
1978 Charros de Jalisco Mexican Center League 23-34 11th
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