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23 de Marzo del 2000

STAR PITCHER ANGELITO RODRIGUEZ CISNEROS REMAINS VIRTUALLY FORGOTTEN. By Adis Nuvia Alcolea, Cuba Free Press.

Bayamo.- Almost forgotten, blind and with a notable loss of memory, former right-handed pitching star Angelito Rodriguez Cisneros lives in Rio Cauto. In his youth he made the Rio Cauto fans throb with enthusiasm and joy and was baptized "The Curveballer from the Cauto."

Angelito is a native of Bayamo. He moved to Rio Cauto with his parents when he was 20. He played for several teams but his favorite was the Cespedes, managed by his cousin Hermes Cisneros. He played on nearly all the fields of his native land at that time: Elevados Park, La Lechera and others. Behind the plate he relied on the wise advice of catchers Miguel Angel Oliva, Ulises Gonzalez and on occasions Toto Jerez.

After living in the Cauto River area, he was transformed into the idol of the place and pitched with skill, touch and ability in almost all the games that were played in the surrounding areas. He lined up with the Trinidad Club and the Brothers of Rio Cauto. During this time interval he relied on the catching of Nemesio Figueredo among others.

"In 1937," Angelito recalled, "I pitched in the first game of a doubleheader between the powerful Manzanillo team managed by Ciro Nueva. My opponent was Rene 'Casadito' Santiesteban. I relied for the most part on low curves and the change-up to draw out the batter briefly and then would surprise him with the fastball. I always had good control of my curve."

According to Angelito, the best relief pitcher in those times in the amateur ranks was Ciro Nueva of the Santiago de las Vegas Athletic Club. He was an ace on the diamond.

It is a shame that this man Angelito who is full of anecdotes languishes away nowadays and has been forgotten by the ruling system on the island. His experience, his talent and the glory he gave to the amatuer sport in his region are more than sufficent for his life and achievements to be celebrated in his old age and made known to the next generations.

Adis Nuvia Alcolea, Cuba Free Press.


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