July 23, 1923|
|Died: April 7, 1996
Park Ridge, Illinois
|April 19, 1950 for the Chicago White Sox|
Last MLB appearance
|August 30, 1953 for the Chicago White Sox|
|Earned run average||3.44|
Luis Aloma Barba (July 23, 1923 – April 7, 1996), nicknamed "Witto", was a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Chicago White Sox from 1950 through 1953. Aloma batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Havana, Cuba. He would also pitch in farm systems for the Washington Senators and the Detroit Tigers.
In 1944 Aloma signed as an amateur free agent with the Washington Senators. In 1944 he split time between the Class D Kingsport Cherokees of the Appalachian League and the Class A-1 Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern Association. He went a combined 8–7 with a 4.68 ERA in 26 games, eight for starts.
Aloma played the 1945 and the 1946 seasons with the Lookouts. In 1945 he went 14–9 with a 3.17 ERA in 31 games, 29 starts. In 1946 he went 16–11 with a 3.56 ERA in 36 games, 27 for starts.
In 1947 Aloma split the season between the Lookouts and the Class B Charlotte Hornets of the Tri-State League. He had a dismal stint with the Lookouts, going 2–4 with a 6.93 ERA in 15 games. With the Hornets on the other hand he was quite impressive, going 8–7 with a 3.62 ERA in 18 games. He finished a combined 10–11 with a 4.74 ERA in 33 games.
He spent his last year in the Senators' farm system playing for his home town team, Havana Cubans of the Florida International League. In what would turn out to be his best professional season at any level he went 19–6 with a 1.77 ERA in 28 games.
In 1949 he was traded from Washington to the Detroit Tigers.
He spent the 1949 season with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons of the International League. He compiled a 10–9 record with a 4.60 ERA in 38 games, 22 for start. This would be his only season in the Tigers' system.
Chicago White Sox
Aloma was 26 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 19, 1950, with the White Sox. He finished the 1950 season going an impressive 7–2 with a 3.80 ERA in 42 games, all out of the bullpen.
In 1951 Aloma continued his success at the Major League level, going 6–0 with a 1.82 ERA in 25 games. This would prove to be his best season in the Majors.
He was again with Chicago in 1952 going 3–1 with a 4.28 ERA in 25 games. He compiled a career-high six saves in 1952.
His decline continued in 1953, as he was then 28 years of age. Aloma compiled a record of 2–0 with a 4.70 ERA in 24 games. This was his last season pitching at the Major League level.
In 1954 Aloma spent his entire season with the Double-A Memphis Chickasaws of the Southern Association. He went 6–7 with a 4.25 ERA in 31 games, 14 starts for the Chickasaws. This was his last professional season of baseball. In a four-season career, Aloma posted an 18–3 record with a 3.44 ERA and 15 saves in 116 games pitched.