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Gary Ashwill

I forgot to say: Lloyd was often called "Sam Lloyd" in Cuba at this time--I have no idea why.

Gary Ashwill

Great find, Brent!

On Castillo: I've seen some later photos in the Cuban press that show him carrying more weight--also one, I think circa 1911 or 1912, that shows him sporting an Afro (!), believe it or not.

Brent

While looking for something else, I finally ran across a reference to Morán throwing left handed in this article from The New York Times, December 18, 1910, about the Detroit Tigers series that had just concluded. The article was written by Hall-of-Fame umpire Billy Evans and was one of a series of articles published by the Times that winter about baseball in Cuba. (To read other articles in the series, go the nytimes.com site and type in the Search box: "billy evans" cuba baseball; then select NYT Archive 1851-1980.) This article also includes an interesting description of Julián Castillo as the Cecil Fielder of the deadball era. It would be interesting to see a contemporary photo of him; there's no way that he weighed 260-285 pounds when the picture was taken that appears on page 85 of Figueredo.

Another question -- both the Times article and the photo above use the name "Sam Lloyd" for John H. Lloyd - does anyone know what that's about?

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