By Rod Beaton, USA TODAY
An all-time team of Cuban-born players (in alphabetical order):
SS Bert "Campy" Campaneris. Versatile gloveman 1964-83. Catalyst
for powerful A's teams of the '70s.
OF Jose Canseco. The first 40-40 (home runs-steals) player in big-league
history. Has 397 homers in 14 seasons since arriving in 1985. He was 2
when his family fled Cuba.
OF Jose Cardenal. Quality basestealer with some power from 1963-80.
P Mike Cuellar. Played from 1964-77, had four 20-win seasons for
Baltimore and shared AL Cy Young Award in 1969.
P-IF-OF-C Martin Dihigo. Incredibly versatile Negro Leagues star
1923-36. He's in Mexican, Cuban and American Halls of Fame. Became
Cuban minister of sport after playing career. In one season he led the
Mexican League in hitting and pitching.
P Mike Fornieles. Played for five American League teams from 1952-63
mostly as a reliever. In 1960, the right-hander led the AL in appearances
with 70 and saves with 14.
SS Digoberto Peat "Tito" Fuentes. Flashy fielder from 1965-78. Had
Manager Pedro Gomez. First Latino manager in majors, named to run
San Diego in 1969.
OF Tony Gonzalez. Sure-handed, line-drive hitter from 1960-71. Hit
.339 in 1967.
P Adolfo Luque. Pitched in majors from 1914-15 and 1918-35. Was
193-179 with a 3.24 ERA. Won 27 games in 1923. Known as "The Pride
OF Orestes "Minnie" Minoso. Played in five decades, from 1949-80.
OF Tony Oliva. Three-time AL batting champion in career from
1B Rafael Palmeiro. In majors since 1986. Fled Cuba in 1971 with
of his family. Has 314 home runs and 1,079 RBI in 13 seasons.
SS Rey Ordonez. He enters his fourth season with Gold Gloves in
two. He is a human highlight film.
P Camilio Pascual. Won 174 games. Intimidating power pitcher from
1B-3B Tony Perez. Major RBI man from 1964-86. Key to Big Red
Machine. Had 1,652 career RBI.
RHP Pedro Ramos. Was good enough to lead the AL in losses four
consecutive years. Was a great hitter (15 career homers) and baserunner
-- used regularly as a pinch-runner. A top reliever for Yankees 1964-66.
2B Cookie Rojas. Five-time All-Star. Cerebral player. Versatile.
2B Tony Taylor. Solid second baseman from 1958-76. Had 2,007 hits.
P Luis Tiant. Was 229-172 with a 3.30 ERA from 1964-82. "El Tiante"
had at least 20 wins in four seasons. His dad, Luis Tiant Sr., was a
longtime pitching star in Cuba.
SS Zoilo Versalles. American League MVP for pennant-winning
Minnesota Twins in 1965. Played from 1959-71.
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