Cuban “Steve” Bellan became the first Latino big leaguer when he appeared with the Troy Haymakers of the National Association (1871).
Big league journeyman catcher Miguel Angel Gonzalez (1920s and 1930s) was the first Cuban to manage a big league team (Cardinals as an interim) and is most renowned for waving Enos Slaughter home from third with World Series winning run (1946) and for coining the phrase “good field, no hit” (while scouting Moe Berg).
The myth of Fidel Castro as one-time pitching prospect (based on a 1959 2-inning exhibition outing) is explored and exploded in Bjarkman’s A HISTORY OF CUBAN BASEBALL, 1864-2006 (Chapter 9).
Recent Cooperstown inductee Cristobal Torriente was one of Cuba’s greatest Negro league performers and once outslugged Babe Ruth in a legendary Havana exhibition contest (1920).
Adolfo Luque was the first Cuban and first Latino to pitch in the World Series, to win 100 games in the majors, and to lead a big league circuit in wins and ERA (1923).