Luis Clemente Tiant
Luis Clemente Tiant was born in Marianao, Cuba, the son of Cuban pitching great Luis Tiant, Sr. He joined both the local Little and Juvenile baseball leagues until he starred for the Havana team and was picked up for the Cuban Juvenile League All-Star team in 1957. He played with the Mexico City Tigers of the Mexican League and for the next three years he divided his time between the Tigers and the Havana Sugar Kings in the International League. At the end of the summer of 1961, Cleveland purchased Tiant’s contract, but with the rise of Fidel Castro‘s regime in his Cuba it was impossible for Tiant to return home. Tiant was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on July, 1964, with the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium. Luis Tiant was a three-time All-Star (1968, 1974, 1976), who led the American League in shutouts three times (1966, 1968, 1974), and struck out 200+ batters three years (1967, 1968, 1973). He was the last pitcher in Major League history to throw at least twenty complete games, yet not have a single shutout. Tiant pitched for six different teams during his nineteen year career primarily for the Cleveland Indians and the Boston Red Sox and his uniform number always contained a number three. He became a member of the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 1997.