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May 14, 2007


Gary Ashwill

Brent, you're probably right. There were a variety of ages given on passenger lists for García; this is the oldest I could find. When he died in 1923 his age was reported as 55, which coincided, so for now 1868 it is. But he's probably 3 or 4 years older than that, I'd think. Valentín González is a similar case; passenger lists have him born in about 1876, but that would make him 14 on his Cuban League debut in 1890. We need better Cuban sources.


Gary, You've investigated "baseball ages" for several players using info from passenger manifests, etc. I'm wondering about Antonio Maria García. Seamheads lists his birth year as 1868, but since he debuted in Cuba in 1882, an earlier birth date seems likely.

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