The 10 Greatest Cuban Major Leaguers

Baseball has long been Cuba's national obsession; but few of the island's stars ever made it to the majors. These are the best that found their way to MLB

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Mike Cuellar
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5. Mike Cuellar

Described by Hall of Famer Jim Palmer as "arguably the best left-hander in the game from 1969 to 1974," Cuellar won 125 games for the Baltimore Orioles during that period (including four seasons of 20 wins or better), averaging 19 complete games per season and a 2.99 ERA; in 1969, was named co-winner of the AL Cy Young Award with Denny McLain.

Nicknamed "Crazy Horse" because of his many rituals and superstitions, Cuellar always ate Chinese food the night before he pitched, wore blue suits while traveling to games in other cities and refused to accept a thrown ball from a teammate at the beginning of an inning – he would only pick it up off the ground.

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