My family
THE ACOSTAS

MY DAD
May 19, 1896 - November 17, 1963
click on his name below to see his Baseball stats

Merito (Baldomero) Acosta

  He came from Cuba to play
Professional Baseball
when he was 16.

His debut in baseball was with
 the Washington Senators
at age 17 in the year 1913

WASHINGTON SENATORS
1913

If you wish to see statistics
 on the Internet

Merito Acosta


and also click on the link below


Youngest Players - The Baseball Archive

  Merito Acosta (left) & Adolfo Luque

Both played Professional Baseball in the United States

Here are pictured managing the clubs they owned in Cuba


He opened and owned Havana's
first and only Greyhound Dog track


Dad also owned the first Cuban Team to play in the United States
HAVANA CUBANS


1948 in Florida
the
Havana Cubans played for the first time in the Florida League and in their first year, they were the CHAMPIONS!


  Dad received the trophy from US Baseball Commissioner


Dad as a young Player, and then as owner of a baseball team, also pictured with the Louisville Baseball team uniform



INDUCTED TO THE CUBAN
HALL OF FAME

 And the family...


My brothers James, Robert and William
in Havana Harbor.  My Dad flew in the first Pan Am flight from Key West to Havana Harbor!!!


William (Bill), James (Jimmy), Dad 
and Robert (Bob) in Louisville, KY


Mama Graciela
in Cuba


Mama Graciela
in Miami


The Kids!
Edgar and Grace (Chela)


Gracielita & Edgar 

 
Pictured with his best friend Chamaco
My brother Edgar did not really know what he wanted to be when he grew up!


Baseball player, Bull fighter or a
Cowboy!

 

 
But Grace also wanted to be something else...
Grace on the left, her cousin Cecilia on the right


and here are Cecilia, Edgar and Grace with
OUR FIRST DOG... JOHNNY!

But, no matter how we dressed, we always ended at the Ball Park!

Baseball was in our blood

Grace, Edgar and Mother

and on November 17,  1963 my Dad passed away

My Dad was my HEROE
The wind beneath my wings
All I am, I owe to him
Someday I will hug him again, I will sit on his lap
My Dad is...

MY GUARDIAN ANGEL

On Sunday, October 21, 2001
MY MOTHER PASSED AWAY


We lived together all of our lives. There are no words to explain the emptiness left in me. I don't think I will ever recover from it.
I learned from my mother to be strong, but with her death I learned that we are really just like the wind, fragile...
one day strong, one day weak
one day here, one day gone.
 
Mother, I love you and miss you so much
I know you are still by my side,
a Guardian Angel next to Dad

Grace Acosta

edited 7/23/2002