Tom Van Hyning

Tom Van Hyning grew up in Santurce, Puerto Rico. His family moved to this beautiful Island from the Washington D.C. area when Tom was two. Tom is the author of Puerto Rico’s Winter League and The Santurce Crabbers. He is a Tourism Economist for the state of Mississippi and a member of the Cool Papa Bell Chapter in Mississippi. Tom’s articles have appeared in SABR’s National Pastime, Baseball Research Journal and beisbol101.com.

Jimmie Crutchfield: A Class Act and a terrific Center and Right Fielder

Everywhere Jimmie Crutchfield played, he was well liked. Cool Papa Bell once observed: “Jimmie Crutchfield was the best TEAM player in baseball. If he [Crutchfield] never played a game, he would still have been an important part of any baseball team. He cheered you up when things weren’t going too good [or] whether you had …

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Puerto Rico’s contribution to the Negro Leagues

A conversation with Jorge Colón Delgado—Official Historian, Puerto Rico Professional Baseball League, and long-time Negro Leagues researcher—sheds some light on why he developed a website titled negroleaguerspr.com focusing on more or less 217 Negro Leaguers who played professionally in Puerto Rico. “There is a lack of awareness of what these players accomplished in Puerto Rico,” …

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