Jose Mendez

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Birthdate 3/19/1887
Death Date 10/31/1928
Debut Year 1908
Year of Induction 2006
Teams Negro Leagues
Position Pitcher

Nicknamed “El Diamante Negro”, or “The Black Diamond”, Jose Mendez was inducted into the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939.

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Negro Leaguer Jose Mendez was elected to the Hall in 2006; his autograph is not in the collection.

Negro Leaguer Jose Mendez was elected to the Hall in 2006; his autograph is not in the collection.

The first Cuban-born star of the pre-Negro Leagues era, Jose Mendez was a star in both the US and Cuba. Armed with a late-moving fastball and a sharp-breaking curveball, Mendez was a dominant pitcher in his era. As player-manager of the Kansas City Monarchs, Mendez led the team to three consecutive
2006 National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum yearbook with Jose Mendez on the cover

2006 National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum yearbook with Jose Mendez on the cover

In 2005, the Hall of Fame put together a special screening committee to find people associated with the Negro Leagues who were most deserving of induction. An original list of 94 nominees was cut to 29 candidates and finally 17 new members of the Hall of Fame to be inducted. in 2006. The cover of th

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