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We remember Mike Cuellar (1937-2010)

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Question:   Who was the first Latino to win the Cy Young Award?  The answer is Mike Cuellar, who shared the award with Denny McLain in 1969.

We remember Miguel Angel Santana Cuellar today.    

Mike was born May 8, 1937 in Las Villas.  He started in the Reds’ organization and played with The Sugar Kings, Havana’s AAA franchise.

He spent the next few years between Cincinnati and Houston, where he won 16 games in 1967.     Cuellar was traded to the Orioles and won 139 games over the next 7 seasons.

He was one of the most effective pitchers in the American League and won 20-games in 4 different seasons.

He pitched a complete game to win the 1970 World Series for Baltimore.   Cuellar also started game 7 of the 1971 World Series but lost 2-1 to the Pirates.   All together, Mike pitched in 3 World Series, 5 ALCS and even hit a grand slam in the 1970 ALCS against the Twins!

During his brilliant career, he won 185 games to go with a 3.14 ERA.  He also completed 172 starts!

Without question, one of the best Latino pitchers ever.

Mike died in 2010.   He was voted # 27 in the Top 40 Orioles of all time.
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Written by scantojr

May 8, 2017 at 10:00 am

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