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Alfredo A. Cabrera
- Bats Unknown, Throws Right
- Debut May 16, 1913
- Final Game May 16, 1913
- Born May 11, 1881 in Canary Islands
- Died 1964 in Batabanó, Mayabeque, Cuba
Shortstop Al Cabrera played his one and only major league game on May 16, 1913, for the St. Louis Cardinals. He went 0 for 2 at the plate in that game. He was already 32 at the time. From 1901 to 1920, Cabrera was a regular in the Cuban Winter League and he also managed there later in the 1920s.
He was also in the minors for eight years, playing for teams in the Northeast.
An article in Sporting Life, April 22, 1916, indicated there were 16 Cubans playing minor or major league baseball in the U.S., of which Cabrera was one. He was generally called Alfredo in the press.
Cabrera made history as he became the first Spanish-born major leaguer: the Canary Islands were, and are, part of Spain. Further, since the islands are off the coast of Africa (not Europe), he can be considered the first African-born major leaguer, at least until Gift Ngoepe, who was undoubtedly African, made his debut in 2017.