Manuel García Negro League & Cuban Star 1940-41 Puerto Rico League Baseball Contract

Manuel García (Died in Venezuela) pitched professionally from 1926 to 1949, improving with time as he struggled for years before emerging as a star in his last decade. He threw a quick fastball, a big curveball and a drop. His unusual nickname came from the fact that batters "seemed drugged by his pitches" according to John Holway.

García debuted in 1926 with the Cuban Stars (West). He went 2-2 for the Almendares Blues in the 1926-1927 Cuban Winter League season. He was 3-7 for the 1927 Cuban Stars, then was 2-2 for two teams in the CWL in the 1927-1928 season. Manuel was only 1-10 for the 1928 Cuban Stars as the youngster was still far from successful. That winter, he was 2-5 for Almendares followed by a 4-4 season in 1929-1930.

Cocaina won his first game in the 1930 Cuban Winter League and went 3 for 4 at the plate with two doubles, but the season was cut short due to a dispute between the clubs and stadium administrators. A special second season was added and Manuel was 0-2. García was 1-1 for the Cuban Stars (East) in 1931.

At age 26, Manuel finally was beginning to emerge as a good pitcher in the 1931-1932 winter season, going 4-0 for Almendares; he hit .364 and would be sometimes be used as an outfielder when not pitching throughout his career. Unfortunately for the developing hurler, the political situation in Cuba collapsed and the Cuban Winter League was on hiatus for a while. He went 2-5 for the New York Cubans in 1935 in the Negro Leagues. García was 3-5 for a champion Santa Clara team in the 1935-1936 winter season; the team went 31-9 when other pitchers got the decision. He did hit .273 as the 4th outfielder. In his last year in the USA, Cocaina was 0-1 for the New York Cubans; overall, he weas a very poor 6-23 in the Negro Leagues.

Manuel joined the Dominican League in 1937 and went 5-3 with Estrellas Orientales, hitting .254. In the 1937-1938 winter league season, he was just 3-4 for a 44-18 Santa Clara team; he was a regular outfielder for once, hitting a solid .304 with 32 RBI, tying Lazaro Salazar for second on the club behind Sammy Bankhead.

García suddenly became the Santa Clara ace in the 1938-1939 season, going 11-4, better than Hall-of-Famer Ray Brown. Only Martin Dihigo won more games that year in the CWL. Manuel also hit .240.

In the 1940-1941 Cuban Winter League, García was just 4-5 for Santa Clara, hitting .234. He made his debut in the Mexican League that year and the 35-year-old veteran was 4-3 with a 3.41 ERA for the Veracruz Eagle; he batted .316/~.355/.444. Manuel was 3-5 for the Havana Reds in the 1941-1942 winter league and did not play in the field for once.

García had one of his busiest years ever in 1942, going 19-14 with 22 complete games and 279 1/3 innings, allowing 302 hits and 120 hits for the Puebla Parrots. He also batted .275/~.355/.420 with 44 RBI in 193 AB, only striking out 9 times. Despite turning 37 during the 1942-1943 CWL, he was at his best, making the league All-Star team with Tommy de la Cruz as the top hurlers. He went 10-3 and led the league in both wins and winning percentage. He helped his own cause with a .340 mark at the plate for Havana.

We offer Garcia’s 1940-41 Puerto Rico winter League contract  to play for Ponce. Signed by Garcia, the club president, and one witness.



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