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Havana-born outfielder Carlos Paula integrated the Washington Senators on this date in 1954.
In the next season, 1955, his only full campaign in the majors, Paula nearly won the Rookie of the Year award. Though he led all major league rookies in batting at .299, he also led the league's right fielders in errors and didn't win the award.
In the next season, his last in the majors, he played only 33 games before being sent back to Triple-A.
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