Here’s a cool photo of José Méndez I hadn’t seen before, from the August 20, 1912, Cleveland Plain Dealer. Just another example of how famous Méndez was in the U.S. around that time, surely the best-known ballplayer from outside organized baseball. Not sure what that round thing growing out of his back is supposed to be.
Incidentally, as the article tells us, the Tellings semipro team was trying to get University of Michigan star George Sisler to pitch against Méndez in the next game. But the marquee matchup did not come off. Sisler didn’t show up, and Méndez was “attacked with acute indigestion” just before game time and couldn’t play. So instead it was Luis “Chicho” González who took the mound and disposed of the Tellings 3 to 1.