May 19, 1896|
|Died: November 17, 1963
|June 15, 1913, for the Washington Senators|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 2, 1918, for the Philadelphia Athletics|
|Runs batted in||37|
Baldomero Pedro "Merito" Acosta Fernández (May 19, 1896 in Bauta, Cuba – November 17, 1963) was an outfielder in Major League Baseball who played five seasons for the Philadelphia Athletics and Washington Senators.
Acosta played winter baseball in the Cuban League from 1913 to 1925 and was also a long-time manager and part-owner of the Havana Cubans. In the 1918/19 season, Acosta made an unassisted triple play while playing center field. With the bases loaded, he sprinted in to catch the ball, then continued to touch second base before the runner could return and tagged the runner from first base. In his first season as a manager, 1922/23, he led a brand new franchise, Marianao, to a championship. Acosta was elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955.
- Figueredo 2003, pp. 143, 255, 269, 484.
- Figueredo 2003, p. 126.
- Figueredo 2003, pp. 143, 509.
- Figueredo, Jorge S. (2003), Cuban Baseball: A Statistical History, 1878–1961, Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, ISBN 0-7864-1250-X.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Cuban League statistics and player information from Seamheads.com
- BR Bullpen
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