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Almada Baseball Players and African Histories

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Almada Baseball Players and African Histories

Peter Almada (View posts)
Posted: 1139711782000
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Hello all Almadas (and anyone else who comes upon this message board):
Does anyone know of Luis and Mel (Baldomero) Almada? They were brothers originating from Sonora, Mexico and who played in the American Baseball Leagues during the early twentieth century.
Mel Almada Quiros holds the distinction of being the first Mexican to reach major league status (he was later inducted into the Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame)
Luis Almada Quiros was also a superlative player, and made a name for himself playing for the Seattle Indians (he was known as "Ladies Day Louie" for a notable performance during a game when the teams charged lower admission for women guests at the stadium---a move to boost team revenues during the Great Depression)
From these Almada Brothers in Depression America during 1920's and 30's, back hundreds of years to the vast continent of Africa, we have Andre Alvares de Almada, who in the 1590's wrote a historical treatise on the rivers of Guinea and the tribes who populated them.( the Bantu being one of them)
Andre was from Cape Verde, I believe, and may have been a Mulatto (Afro-Lusitano) from a noble family.
In the next century, around 1622, there was Francisco Vaz de Almada, one of the shipwrecked sailors from the Sao Joao Baptista, a Portuguese vessel from Goa, India.
Like Andre, Francisco wrote an account of his crew's perilous journey to survive in Mozambique, contentious encounters with the local peoples, and their eventual rescue.
This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of Almada family history, and I hope someone out there will add, amend, and enrich this legacy.
Until next time...Gracias Familia!
Peter Almada
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