Cuban pitcher Aquino Abreu. Author: taken from internet
Cuban baseball says goodbye to one of the pitching legends. Aquino Abreu died, a peasant who had both a straight line in his right hand, and nobility of soul, and love for Cuba.
At 86 years old, the player of two consecutive “zero hits, zero runs” games this Friday hit the hill of the eternals.
Aquino was recently admitted to the Arnaldo Milian Castro Hospital in Santa Clara, where he underwent surgery due to gastrointestinal bleeding. His clinical picture was complex due to chronic kidney disease and other pathologies associated with his age.
The legendary pitcher left behind a Cuban championship record that is hard to match, let alone beat: two no-nos in a row, of which he turned 57 in January.
Aquino Abreu, one of the legends of the Cuban pitcher, has died at the age of 86. Photo: taken from the Internet
According to Benigno Daquinta’s files, in 14 seasons since his first, he has left a balance of 63 wins and 65 losses with 10 saves and 15 shutouts; he hit 1,116 innings, hit .209, struck out 718, and handed out 412 tickets for a 2.26 ERA.
Shortly before his record, on December 28, 1965, he went 19.1 straight innings in a 20-inning clash, confirming that Aquino had a very strong hand.
He was part of the Cuba team at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Kingston in 1962 and San Juan in 1966, and at the Pan American Games in Sao Paulo in 1963 he led pitchers with a .50 earned run average and two wins. Due to visa problems, he was unable to travel to the 1965 World Cup in Colombia.
He always spoke with pride about his meeting with Fidel, about the record and about his love for our baseball, which he never refused, although he received several offers to play professionally.
Although Aquino settled in Manicaragua, he was a native of the Cienfuegos region, and his mortal remains are hidden in Cumanayagua. Cuban fans’ deepest condolences reach your family and friends.
Source: Juventud Rebelde