Muy Bien Martin Dihigo Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Thursday, 31 August 2006

Cuban born Martín Magdaleno (Llanos) Dihigo (honorary 500 Home Run Club® Member) was perhaps the most versatile player in baseball history. Known as "El Maestro," he played all nine positions skillfully. Dihigo became a national institution in his native Cuba, but also starred in many other countries, including Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, also spending 12 seasons in the Negro leagues.

His great speed, exceptionally strong arm, and tremendous all-around skills gained him the unique honor of being elected to the Mexican, Cuban, and American Halls of Fame.

Playing in the Mexican League in 1938, he went 18-2 and led the league with a 0.90 ERA, while also winning the batting crown with a .387 mark.

Fun Facts about Martin Dihigo:


•  He is a member of the U.S. Major League, the Cuban and the Mexican baseball halls of fame.

•  He re registered more than 260 victories as pitcher.  But when not on the mound, he served as a player manager and played any outfield or infield position, wherever he could…just so he got the chance to bat.

•  While playing in the U.S. Negro Leagues, Dihigo hit over .300 six times, including .325 in 1926 with a league-leading 11 home runs in 40 games, and .333 in 1935 with a league-leading 9 home runs in 42 games.

•  He threw the first no-hitter in Mexican League history, and also had no-hitters in Venezuela and Puerto Rico.





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