- BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY Born May 15, 1895 in Havana Cuba
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Monday, 22 July 2013
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRO-CUBAN ISIDRO FABRE A BASEBALL PITCHER IN THE CUBAN WINTER LEAGUE AND THE NEGRO LEAGUES : GOES TO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "
Isidro Fabré was a pitcher in the Cuban Winter League and Negro Leagues, going under .500 for his career in both.
Fabré debuted in 1918 with the Cuban Stars (East), going 1-1 and hitting .208 as a part-time outfielder. He went 0-2 against white major leaguers in exhibition play as well. That winter, he was 10-9 for Almendares, tying for second in the CWL in wins; it would be one of his most productive seasons back home. The little right-hander was 3-0 for Almendares in 1919-1920 and 0-3 in 1920-1921. In 1921
Fabré was 3-4 and batted .234 in 1924. In the winter of 1924-1925, he was 1-5 between two Cuban clubs. In the following summer, he hit .250 but was only 2-5. Returning to Almendares in 1925-1926, he had a 4-1, 4.00 record and hit .208/?/.267 as a fourth outfielder. He went 2-1 for the 1926 Stars, was 4-4 in Cuba in 1926-1927 and was 0-6 while batting .268 in 1927 in the Negro Leagues.
The Havana native went 4-2 for Almendares in 1927-1928 and was 10 for 40 with 3 doubles and 3 homers. He led the team in home runs despite ranking 11th in at-bats. He tied for third in the CWL in dingers, even with Alejandro Oms and trailing only Oscar Charleston and Jud Wilson. In 1928, he hit .292 for the Stars and was 0-1. In 1928-1929, he was 1-1 for Almendares and hit .281 with a .348 slugging percentage. Despite being their fourth outfielder, he led the squad with eight stolen bases. He batted .278 and was 1-4 for the 1929 Stars, his last significant action in the Negro Leagues (he was 0-1 for the Cuban House of David in 1931.
Fabré remained active in Cuba for years to go, all but one with Almendares. He was 2-1 in 1930, 2-3 in 1931-1932, 1-3 in 1932-1933 (his one win was a shutout, tying him for the league lead), 3-2 with a 1.80 ERA in 1934-1935 and 0-2 in 1935-1936. He pitched two games in 1936-1937 with no decisions and one game (a no-decision} in 1938-1939. His 18 seasons pitching the CWL rank him third behind Dolf Luque and Martin Dihigo. Unlike those other two hurlers, though, he did not rank in the top 10 in any other of the leaderboards.
In 1957, he was inducted into the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in a class with Emilio Palomino.