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Baldomero Pedro Acosta Fernandez

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 7", Weight 140 lb.

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[edit] Biographical Information

"Baldomero Acosta, the 16-year old Cuban, who is getting a trial with the Washington Senators, is being heralded as a second Ty Cobb." - Sporting Life of April 12, 1913 about Merito Acosta, who played well in the majors later that season as a rookie

Merito Acosta was one of the first Cuban-born players in the major leagues, and the owner of the Havana Cubans of the Florida International League, the first team from a non-English speaking country in Organized Baseball (not counting teams from Quebec).

After his major league days he spent a decade playing for Louisville and then managed Dayton in 1929. One of his players at Dayton was the 19-year-old Billy Herman, a future Hall of Famer.

He was long listed as the brother of José Acosta, but in fact his daughter confirmed that the two men were not related.

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1929 Dayton Aviators Central League 68-69 3rd none

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