Ibrahim Fuentes – Granma

Granma

Ibrahim Fuentes Strings Together 14 Consecutive Base Hits. Even the most devoted Cuban ball fans likely have little familiarity with Ibrahim Fuentes, a role-playing Granma outfielder who batted only .259 over a rather insignificant 11-season career. But Fuentes had one brief moment in the sunlight during the 1988-1989 National Series (the very year Orestes Kindelán posted the league’s only triple crown batting performance); it came when the lefty swinger managed to string together base knocks in 14 consecutive trips to the plate. The modern-era big league standard remains a mere 12, achieved in July 1952 (in only two games) by Detroit Tigers first baseman Walt Dropo. Fuentes enjoyed a career year in 1989 with his part-time play, posting a.333 average (34 hits in 102 AB). But more than a third of his safeties came in one short hot streak during which he accomplished something never matched by even a single major leaguer.

Source: Peter C. Bjarkman, BaseballdeCuba.com

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