Hiram Gabriel Bithorn Sosa
San Juan, P.R. 1916 – Cuidad Victoria, Tamaulipas, México, 1951
Hiram Bithorn was the first Puerto Rican to play in Major League Baseball in the United States debuting on the 15th of April of 1942 on the Chicago Cub’s Wrigley Field. In 1943 he had 18 victories against 12 defeats and 7 shutouts, a record that is still intact for a Puerto Rican in the Major League. Hiram distinguised himself as a basketball, volleyball and, of course, baseball player. In 1935, Hiram played with Puerto Rican basketball and volleyball teans in the III Central American and Caribbean Games celebrated in El Salvador, winning a bronze medal in basketball and a silver medal in volleyball. He achieved all these goals depite having a physical impediment: he was missing the big toe on this right foot. He is the youngest manager of a professional baseball team ever to be appointed to this day; he was scarcely 22 years old in 1938.
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