Bartolo Portuondo

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Bartolo Portuondo
Born: (1893-08-24)August 24, 1893
La Habana, Cuba
Died: May 26, 1981(1981-05-26) (aged 87)
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
Cuban League debut
1911/12, for the Havana Park
Last Negro leagues appearance
1927, for the Cuban Stars (East)

Bartolome "Bartolo" Portuondo (August 24, 1893 – May 26, 1981) was a Cuban baseball infielder in the Cuban League and the U.S. Negro leagues. In Cuba he played from 1911/12 to 1926/27 with several teams, most notably Almendares.[2] His American career lasted from 1915 to 1927; he played for the Cuban Stars (East), Cuban Stars (West), and the Kansas City Monarchs, among other teams.[3]

Portuondo's wife was a member of a wealthy white Cuban family. Their daughter Omara Portuondo became an internationally known singer.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Monarchs Here for a Series of Games with As" Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, IN, Saturday, May 15, 1920, Page 9, Column 4
  2. ^ Figueredo, Jorge S. (2003). Who's Who In Cuban Baseball, 1878-1961. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. ISBN 0-7864-1503-7.
  3. ^ Riley, James A. (1994). The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues. New York: Carroll & Graf. ISBN 0-7867-0959-6.
  4. ^ Iván García (November 2, 2010). "In Cuba We Lack A Lot of Things, But We Have Omara Portuondo". Retrieved 2014-01-30.

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