Thursday, July 15, 2010

Vicente Lopez, Cuban pitcher for Almendares dead at 83

Former Cuban League star and Brooklyn Dodger farmhand Vicente Lopez passed away Wednesday at the age of 83 in Miami. Lopez was signed by the Dodgers after an outstanding Cuban amateur league career in 1948. He won 18 and 20 games in 1949 and 1950 for their Class B Miami Sun Sox team. All signs pointed towards Lopez quickly advancing towards the major league level. During the winter league season of 1950-51, Lopez was the target of scrutiny by the Dodgers scouts. During a winter league game against another Dodger prospect Joe Black, Lopez battled for 10-innings during a 2-2 ballgame. After his brilliant display in front of the Dodgers brass, Lopez would realize that he threw his arm out in the process. He would never regain the life on his fastball to supplement his knee buckling curve to become a major league prospect. Lopez would pitch for 13 seasons in the minor leagues, Mexico and Cuba before settling in Miami. After baseball, he worked as a clerk in a food warehouse while working as an instructor at Carlos Pascual's Latin American Baseball Academy.

More Info -
El Lanzador - Vicente Lopez was almost the Cuban Koufax - Miami New Times
Muere en Miami el ex lanzador cubano Vicente López - Diario Las Americas



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