HABANA LIONS CATCHER MIKE GONZALEZ VINTAGE SIGNED PUBLICITY TYPE 1 PHOTO JSA

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HABANA LIONS CATCHER MIKE GONZALEZ VINTAGE SIGNED PUBLICITY TYPE 1 PHOTO JSA
Miguel Angel González Cordero (September 24, 1890 - February 19, 1977) was a Cuban catcher, coach and interim manager inAmerican Major League Baseball during the first half of the 20th century. Along with Adolfo Luque, González was one of the first Cubans or Latin Americans to have a long off-field career in the U.S. Major Leagues.
Born in Havana, González played winter baseball in the Cuban League from 1910 to 1936 and was a long-time manager. He was elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955.
González, a right-handed-hitting catcher, made his National League debut with the 1912 Boston Braves, playing only one game. During that time he played "Negro baseball" with integrated teams from Cuba, the Cuban Stars in 1911, 1912 and 1914; the Long Branch Cubans in 1913. During his organized baseball career he appeared with the New York Lincoln Giants in 1916 (Riley, 326).
González debuted in 1910 as a shortstop for the Fé club. He was a part-time infielder his first three seasons before switching to catcher and gaining a full-time roster spot with Habana in the winter of 1913. He hit .313 in 1918-1919, .296 in 1927-28, and led the league in 1932-33 with an average of .432.
In 1914-15 he became Habana's playing manager and led the team
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