Armando Marsans

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Armando Marsans
Born: (1887-10-03)October 3, 1887
Matanzas, Cuba
Died: September 3, 1960(1960-09-03) (aged 72)
Havana, Cuba
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 4, 1911, for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
June 13, 1918, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Batting average.269
Home runs2
Runs batted in221
Stolen bases171

Armando Marsans (October 3, 1887 in Matanzas, Cuba – September 3, 1960 in Havana, Cuba) was a Major League Baseball outfielder from 1911 to 1918. He played in three different major leagues in his career: with the Cincinnati Reds in the National League (1911 to 1914), with the St. Louis Terriers in the Federal League (1914 to 1915), and with the St. Louis Browns and New York Yankees (1916 to 1918).


Marsans and Rafael Almeida debuted together with the Reds on July 4, 1911.[1] They are sometimes named the first major league players born in Cuba, which is untrue since Havana-born Chick Pedroes played in the National League in 1902. (Cuban-born Steve Bellán played from 1871 to 1873 in the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players. Its status as a major league is disputed by baseball historians).

Playing career[edit]

Six years before Cincinnati, Marsans and Almeida played "Negro baseball" in the United States as 1905 members of the integrated All Cubans. Marsans also played Negro league baseball in 1923 for the Cuban Stars (Riley, 514). He is buried at Colon Cemetery, Havana.

Marsans played winter baseball in the Cuban League from 1905 to 1928 and was one of ten players elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in its 1939 inaugural class.

Managerial career[edit]

Marsans was also a long-time manager in the Cuban League and won a championship in the winter of 1917 as manager of the Orientals team.[2] In 1923, he served as manager of the minor league Elmira Pioneers. In 1953, he managed the Havana Cubans.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Players Born in Cuba
  2. ^ Figueredo 2003, pp. 123–124, 487, 508.


  • Figueredo, Jorge S. (2003). Cuban Baseball: A Statistical History, 1878–1961. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. ISBN 0-7864-1250-X.
  • Riley, James A. (2002). The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues. 2nd edition. New York: Carroll & Graf Publ. ISBN 0-7867-0959-6.

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