Diunte: Why Martin Dihigo is remembered as a ‘god’ by one Cuban ballplayer

From SABR member Nicholas Diunte at Baseball Happenings on May 21, 2017:

Martin Dihigo is widely regarded as one of the most talented and versatile players in the Hall of Fame. Whether he was on the mound, in the field, or at the plate, Dihigo stood out among the mere mortals that played alongside him.

Cholly Naranjo, a star pitcher for Cuba’s Alemendares ball club in the 1950s who later made the major leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1956, had a special connection with Dihigo. Naranjo is the nephew of Ramon Couto, DiHigo’s catcher both in Cuba and with the Cuban Stars of the Negro Leagues.

The now 82-year-old Naranjo is one of a handful of players alive that saw Dihigo up close and personal. Speaking with Naranjo in May 2017, he explained what it was like to have contact with “El Inmortal,” at an early age.

Read the full article here: http://www.baseballhappenings.net/2017/05/why-martin-dihigo-was-remembered-as-god.html

Originally published: May 23, 2017. Last Updated: May 23, 2017.