Luis Tiant Made Most of his Opportunity

A popular major league pitcher in the 1960s and 1970s, Luis Tiant was able to leave his home country of Cuba to play baseball in the US.  He went on to win 224 career games over 19 seasons ending in 1982.

His father, Luis Tiant Sr., wasn’t so fortunate.  He played baseball during the time when black baseball players weren’t allowed to play in the big leagues.  Consequently, he spent most of his career playing in the Negro Leagues with the New York Cubans and in Cuban winter leagues.  He once played against an all-star team organized by Babe Ruth and featuring the Babe himself.  However, his career, which started in the 1920s had ended before the color barrier was broken by Jackie Robinson.

Read more about Luis Tiant at the link below from the Topeka Capital-Journal:

http://cjonline.com/sports/2016-04-02/legacy-luis-tiant-took-advantage-opportunity-his-father-never-had

 

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