Notable Black Baseball Families Part 1

The first entry in an article series on Black families from throughout the entire African diaspora who have made notable contributions to the sport of baseball

Patrick Ellington Jr.

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Introduction

Baseball is heavily associated with family, as the love for the game is often passed down from an elder family member to a younger one. My earliest memories of the game of baseball involve me spending time with my father at his house watching Derek Jeter and the Yankees on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.

This article series will not only focus on African-American families that have played in the Negro Leagues, Latin American Winter Leagues, MiLB, and/or MLB but notable Black families from throughout the entire African diaspora who have had multiple members make notable contributions to the sport.

Luis Tiant II & Luis Tiant III

Luis Tiant II and his son Luis Tiant III are two of the greatest Cuban pitchers to have ever stepped foot on a mound. The careers and player profiles of both have tons of similarities and complete opposites.

One is known for his time in New York. The other is known for his time in Boston. Both Afro-Cuban strikeout artists pitched in three different decades, and it is arguable that both individuals should be enshrined in Cooperstown.

Luis Tiant II

Born in 1906 on the island of Cuba, the elder Tiant played from 1926 to 1947 in the Negro Leagues, Cuba, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and on barnstorming teams in the United States.

His professional career began on the island of Cuba when he was 20 years old. He was 22 years old when he made his stateside debut on a barnstorming team in 1928. Tiant II is most known for his time dominating the Negro Leagues as the ace of the New York Cubans during the 1940s.

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Patrick Ellington Jr.

I use this blog to cover Black baseball players from all over the African diaspora in MiLB & MLB and review TV series, films, novels, comic books, anime,. etc.