Hi Bithorn Stats

Hi Bithorn was born on Saturday, March 18, 1916, in Santurce, Puerto Rico. Bithorn was 26 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 15, 1942, with the Chicago Cubs. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Hi Bithorn baseball stats page.

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"Hi Bithorn while pitching for the Cubs had once fired a beanball at ( Leo ) Durocher in the dugout while Leo was managing the Dodgers. Jimmie Wilson , Bithorn's manager, fined his pitcher not for throwing the ball but because he missed hitting Durocher." - Author James D. Szalontai in Close Shave: The Life and Times of Baseball's Sal Maglie (McFarland Publishing, 09/09/2002, Page 370)

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Birth Name:
Hiram Gabriel Bithorn Sosa
Nickname:
Hi - Hurricane Hiram
Born On:
03-18-1916  (Pisces)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Santurce, Puerto Rico
Year of Death Data Died On:
12-30-1951 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Cemetery:
Buxeda Cemetery, Isla Verde, Puerto Rico
High School:
Central High School (Santurce, Puerto Rico)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-01
Player Weight Chart Weight:
200
First Game:
04-15-1942 (Age 26)
Last Game:
05-04-1947
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Hi Bithorn Pitching Stats

1942 26 Cubs 38 16 14 9 14 .391 3.68 9 0 2 171.1 744 191 70 93 8 81 4 65 2 0 0 -
1943 27 Cubs 39 30 7 18 12 .600 2.60 19 7 2 249.2 1,020 227 72 79 8 65 2 86 3 2 0 -
1946 30 Cubs 26 7 9 6 5 .545 3.84 2 1 1 86.2 376 97 37 42 5 25 3 34 0 0 0 -
1947 31 White Sox 2 0 1 1 0 1.000 0.00 0 0 0 2.0 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
4 Years 105 53 31 34 31 .523 3.16 30 8 5 509.2 2,147 517 179 214 21 171 9 185 5 2 0 -

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Hi Bithorn Hitting Stats

1942 26 Cubs 38 57 3 7 1 0 0 0 1 5 0 9 1 0 0 0 .123 .194 .140
1943 27 Cubs 39 92 7 16 3 0 0 0 8 4 0 10 5 0 1 2 .174 .216 .207
1946 30 Cubs 26 28 4 5 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 2 0 0 2 .179 .207 .179
1947 31 White Sox 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
4 Years 105 177 14 28 4 0 0 0 11 10 0 21 8 0 1 4 .158 .207 .181

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Hi Bithorn Fielding Stats

1942 Cubs P 38 16 514 42 1.1 40 5 35 2 3 n/a n/a n/a .952 2.10
1943 Cubs P 39 30 749 70 1.8 69 12 57 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .986 2.49
1946 Cubs P 26 7 260 19 0.7 18 1 17 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .947 1.87
1947 White Sox P 2 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
P Totals 105 53 1,529 131 1.2 127 18 109 4 7 n/a n/a n/a .969 2.24
4 Years 105 53 1,529 131 1.2 127 18 109 4 7 n/a n/a n/a .969 2.24

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Hi Bithorn Miscellaneous Stats

1942 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 6.3 57.0 0.80 3.41 4.25
1943 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 9.2 11.5 1.32 3.10 2.34
1946 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 14.0 14.0 1.36 3.53 2.60
1947 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00 0.00 0.00
4 Years 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 8.4 16.1 1.08 3.27 3.02

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Hi Bithorn Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1942 Chicago Cubs 17 Undetermined - -
1943 Chicago Cubs 35 Undetermined - -
1946 Chicago Cubs 25 Undetermined - -
1947 Chicago White Sox 32 Undetermined - -
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Hiram "Hi" Bithorn holds the distinction of being the first baseball player from Puerto Rico to play Major League Baseball. Baseball Almanac likes to take a look "beyond the stats" and we hope you enjoy the following biographical information:

Hiram Bithorn's Professional Baseball Career

Bithorn played for the San Juan Senators and at age 22 became the youngest manager in the history of Puerto Rican winter baseball. Soon enough, he was pitching at Wrigley Field.

On September 30, 1941, Bithorn was drafted by the Chicago Cubs and debuted in the Major Leagues on April 15, 1942 , making history as the first Puerto Rican to play in the Major Leagues. Bithorn won 9 games and lost 14 in his first season, but he rebounded in 1943 by going 18-12 with an earned run average of 2.60 and completing 19 of his 30 starts, leading the league in shutouts with seven, establishing a record for Puerto Rican pitchers that still stands to this day. During this time, he also formed the first Latin American pitcher-catcher combination along Cuban Chico Hernandez .

After his second season, Bithorn fought for the United States military in World War II. His promising start, though, did not last once he returned from military service. By this moment his weight had risen to 225 pounds, which led to rumors that he may not have the same abilities. Upon returning from the war, he returned to the Chicago Cubs, and went 6-5 in 1946. On January 25, 1947 he was purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates only to be waived later. On March 22 of the same year, the Chicago White Sox selected him off waivers but only pitched two innings, developing a sore arm that ended his career.

In four seasons, Bithorn had a 34-31 record with 185 strikeouts, a 3.16 ERA, 30 complete games, 8 shutouts, 5 saves, and 509 innings pitched in 105 games (53 as a starter).

Hiram Bithorn's Later Years and Death

Bithorn tried to make a comeback a few years later in the Mexican winter league. But, tragically, on December 28, 1951, at age 35, he was shot & killed by police officer Ambrosio Castillo Cano, in El Mante, Mexico. He was transferred to Ciudad Victoria's hospital, where he died the next day. Initially, officer Castillo Cano claimed that Bithorn was violent and also claimed that Bithorn had said he was part of a "Communist cell," but eventually this argument was debunked and he was sent to prison for Bithorn's murder. Castillo Cano was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Did you know that Hi Bithorn went 18–12 in 1943 with an earned run average of 2.60, threw nineteen complete games, and led the National League in shutouts with seven, establishing a single season shutout record for Puerto Rican born pitchers that still stands?

Hi Bithorn Photograph
Hi Bithorn Photograph / Original Photo by AP Wire (c. 1943) / Photoshop by Baseball Almanac
Hall of Fame first baseman Orlando Cepeda once said (Sports Illustrated, 04/19/2003, 'The pride of San Juan', Source ) of Hi Bithorn, "He was an important man. I wish more people now knew about him. He was the first person from Puerto Rico to make it to the major leagues. He did so much for the island. I remember watching him pitch against my father in the winter league and meeting him. When I was about 10, I played for him on a team he ran. He was a big star."

Last-Modified: February 1, 2018 10:05 AM EST

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