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Place of Birth:
February 7, 1913
August 13, 1988
Caborca, Sonora, Mexico
Army Medical Corps
Mel Almada was the first Mexican born player in the major
Baldomero M “Mel” Almada was born on February 7, 1913 in Huatabampo, Sonora,
attended high school in Los
and signed with the Seattle Indians of the Pacific Coast League in
1932. The 19-year-old outfielder batted .311 his rookie season and
hit .323 with Seattle the following
year, prompting a call-up by the Boston Red Sox in September. Almada
played 14 games in Boston
and had an impressive 15 hits in 55 plate appearances for a .341
In 1934, he played a further 23 games with the
Red Sox but spent most of the season with the Kansas City Blues of
the American Association where he batted .328 in 135 games. Almada
stayed with Boston for 1935 and hit .290. His 20 stolen
bases was third best in the American League.
Almada remained with
until he was traded to the Senators in June 1937. The 1938 season
was split between the Senators and the Browns but he still managed
to hit a league-leading 158 singles and finish the year with a .311
In June 1939, the 26-year-old Almada was sold to
the Brooklyn Dodgers and he finished his major league career that
year batting .228 in 81 games. He was back in the Pacific Coast
League in 1940 but failed to hit with the Sacramento Solons batting
just .232 in 104 games.
In 1941, Almada became a player-manager of the Torreon club of the Mexican National League and was batting
.343 in 26 games when he quite the job and returned to the US on May 16. He
did not return to organised baseball.
In May 1944, Almada – 31 – was called for
military service with the Army. He took basic training at the
at Camp Barkeley, Texas and was then stationed with the Army
Medical Corps at Fort Sam Houston, Texas for the remainder of the
war. During 1945, Almada played for the Fort Sam Houston Rangers
ball team in the San Antonio Service League. He batted .303 and also
pitched and won five games for the Rangers.
Mel Almada managed Navajoa in the Pacific Coast
League of Mexico during the 1950s. He passed away on August 13, 1988
in Caborca, Sonora, Mexico, aged 75.
Created September 19, 2008.
Thanks to Bob Stephenson for the portrait
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