Elected to the Hall of Fame by Negro Leagues Committee: 2006
The son of Cuban immigrants, Alejandro Pompez owned the Cuban Stars of the Eastern Colored League, and later the New York Cubans of the Negro National League. Following the demise of the Negro leagues, Pompez was hired as a scout for the New York and San Francisco Giants, where for 25 years he worked to open the door for Caribbean players to enter the major leagues. He helped sign future stars such as Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marichal and the Alou brothers. His expertise on African-American baseball history was confirmed in 1971 when he was asked to serve on the Hall of Fame's Committee on Negro Leagues.
On December 6, 1960, the American League awards an expansion franchise to a group headed by movie legend Gene Autry and former football star Bob Reynolds. The newly created Los Angeles Angels will begin play in 1961.