Silvino Ruiz (Poppa)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Born ~1899
Ruiz debuted in the CWL in 1928-1929, going 2-4 between two teams. He spent the summer in 1928 and 1929 with the Negro Leagues' Cuban Stars but got no decisions. Ruiz was 4-7 for Almendares in 1929-1930, then 0-1 in the winter of 1930 (the season was cut short). In the Campeonato Unico, he went 1-0 for Habana.
Ruiz skipped a few seasons then returned in 1935-1936, going 3-5 for Marianao. He was 2-2 for Habana in 1936-1937 and 7-6 for Almendares in 1937-1938. He went 2-2 for Almendares the next winter. In 1939, the old-timer returned to the USA, going 3-3 for the New York Cubans.
Ruiz posted a 6-5 record between Almendares and Santa Clara in 1939-1940, then had his big year, going 8-2 for New York in 1940. He was picked for the 1940 East-West Game, relieving Henry McHenry in the fourth and throwing three shutout innings before turning the ball over to Ray Brown. The East went on to a 11-0 win. Ruiz walked two and gave up two hits in his three innings; at the plate, he was 0 for 2 with a run. Poppa ended his Cuban career with Santa Clara in 1940-1941 (2-1) then was 1-0 for New York in 1941.
Apart from his work in the CWL and in the Negro Leagues, Ruiz pitched several games between Cuban squads and visiting Americans back home, going 1-2 against major league teams and 2-1 against Negro League outfits.