A 1991 Sentimental Journey with Bob Thurman

The author received a phone call from Rafael Costas, a resident of Ponce, Puerto Rico, summer of 1991. Costas had written Enciclopedia Ponce Leones, published in 1989, chronicling the history of this storied professional baseball franchise. Ponce’s (municipality) colors are red and black; and the author told Rafael “red and black were special, since they …

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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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They made it to Cooperstown

The Puerto Rico Professional Baseball League was established in 1938.  Since then, 16 of the 37 (43%) Negro Leagues legends in the Hall of Fame, played in the Island. 1.      Roy Campanella (Caguas, Santurce and San Juan)-1969 2.      Satchel Paige (Guayama and Santurce)-1971 3.      Joshua Gibson (Santurce)-1972 4.      Buck Leonard (Mayagüez)-1972 5.      Monte Irvin (San …

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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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