Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Cubs 365, May 23

On this day in 1925, the first Latin-American player in Cubs history joined the team. His name was Mike Gonzalez, and he was born in Havana, Cuba. (His real name was Miguel Angel Gonzalez)

Before joining the Cubs, he had played for the Boston Braves, the New York Giants, the Cincinnati Reds, and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Gonzalez played for the Cubs from 1925-1929, serving as Gabby Hartnett's backup. He even got an at bat in the 1929 World Series. But there was no joy in Cuba, for the mighty Miguel struck out.