Torriente, Cristobal

Cristobal Torriente
Born: November 16, 1893, Cienfuegos, Cuba
Died: April 11, 1938, New York, New York
Played For: 
Cuban Stars (West), All Nations, Chicago American Giants, Detroit Stars, Kansas City Monarchs, Cleveland Cubs
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Negro Leagues Committee: 2006

A left-handed power hitter who excelled in both his native Cuba as well as the Negro leagues, Cristobal Torriente starred as a center fielder for the Chicago American Giants from 1918 to 1925, leading the club to three consecutive Negro National League titles (1920 to 1922). The notorious bad-ball hitter excelled in the field as well, teaming in Chicago with Jelly Gardner and Dave Malarcher to form one of the best defensive outfields in history. Perhaps Torriente's greatest acclaim came in Cuba during the winter of 1920, when, as a member of the Almendares club, he outplayed Babe Ruth, barnstorming with the New York Giants, in a nine-game series.

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