Carlos (Conill) Paula
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6'3" Weight: 195
Born: November 28, 1927, La Habana, Cuba
Signed: Signed by the Washington Senators prior to the 1954 season as a free agent formerly with the Paris Indians of the independent Big State League
Major League Teams: Washington Senators 1954-1956
Died: April 25, 1983, Miami, FL (age 55)
The Cuban-born Paula was the first black player in Washington Senators history. He enjoyed an excellent rookie season in 1955, hitting .299 with six home runs and 45 RBIs in 115 games. His numbers fell off in 1956 and the Senators sold him in April 1958 to the independent Sacramento Solons of the Pacific Coast League. Paula would bounce around several minor league teams between 1958 and 1959 and appeared in 85 games for the Mexico City Tigers in 1960 before retiring.
Building the Set
August 29, 1996 in Winston-Salem, NC - Card #143
I attended college at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. On humid days, or after a heavy rain, the air was heavy with the faint smell of tobacco. I absolutely loved my time as a Demon Deacon and I realize how lucky I was to be able to attend such a phenomenal college.
|July 9, 1996 - Dad and me at the 1996 All-Star Game,|
I haven't been back to North Carolina in over a decade and whenever I get around to taking my wife and my sons on a road trip to visit my old campus, I'd love to see if Season Ticket is still there.
The head shot used is the same photo used for Paula's 1955 Topps card. Topps preferred to call the Washington team by their more-popular nickname (Nationals) even though their official team name was the Senators. I found this interesting article on the name conundrum which sheds some light on the confusion.
I could never figure out what's happening in the action shot. Is the player (perhaps Paula) sliding back into second base following a pick-off throw or perhaps an outfielder had caught a fly ball and he's trying to not get doubled off?
Depending on whether you believe Baseball Reference or Topps, Paula was born on either November 28, 1927 (per Baseball Reference) or November 4, 1928 (per Topps). I'm going to side with Baseball Reference whenever there's a discrepancy like this. Topps touts Paula's speed on the back of his card, yet he stole just two bases in his 157 big league games.
I was surprised to see from Paula's Baseball Reference page that he played with the Senators, Yankees and Phillies minor league teams in 1956, all while apparently still the property of the Senators. The 28-year-old Paula was up with the Senators in May and June, appearing in 33 games all in right or left field and hitting .183 (15 for 82) with three home runs.
As I mentioned above, Paula played briefly for the Miami Marlins in 1956 who were the Phillies Triple-A affiliate at the time. He appeared in 11 games for the Marlins, hitting just .158.
First Mainstream Card: 1955 Topps #97
First Topps Card: 1955 Topps #97
Last Topps Card: 1956 Topps #4
Most Recent Mainstream Card: 1979 TCMA '50s #205
6 - Paula non-parallel baseball cards in the Beckett online database as of 10/29/15
The Trading Card Database
In some cases, the first and last cards listed above are subjective and chosen by me if multiple cards were released within the same year. Most recent mainstream card may also be subjective and does not include extremely low serial numbered cards, buybacks or cut autograph cards.