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Monte Irvin and Johnny Davis were elected to the Puerto Rican Professional Baseball Hall of Fame.

Monte Irvin and Johnny Davis Negro Leaguers Monte Irvin and Johnny Davis are two of the fifteen names composing the 2023 Puerto Rico Baseball Hall of Fame Class. Both are deserving additions to the Hall of Fame due to their achievements and skills on the field. Irvin spent four seasons with San Juan, achieving a …

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Freddie Thon Jr. saw Joshua Gibson, Johnny Bench and Iván Rodríguez!

Few people can say they saw Joshua Gibson, Johnny Bench, and Ivan Rodriguez play. One of those lucky ones is Freddie Thon Jr. A family member with solid roots in Puerto Rican baseball, his father, of the same name, was a prominent pitcher and ranger with the San Juan Senators. He also managed the championship …

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First Puerto Ricans in the Big Leagues

On December 16, 2020, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced that seven Organized Negro Leagues active between 1920 and 1948 constituted Major League Baseball. These seven new major leagues joined the six established in 1968 by the Special Committee on Baseball Records, bringing the total to thirteen. José “Gacho” Torres Puerto Rican baseball history changed because …

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Joshua Gibson and Quincy Trouppe in Venezuela and Mexico: Part III

Part II concluded with Quincy Trouppe managing the 1956-57 Ponce Lions in Puerto Rico.  Part III transitions to Trouppe and Joshua Gibson playing in Venezuela and Mexico.  Gibson, his 1939-40 Santurce teammate Billy Byrd and Aguadilla pitcher-OF Leon Day traveled from Puerto Rico to Venezuela in early April 1940.  They missed the final doubleheader of …

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Joshua Gibson and Quincy Trouppe in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico: Part II

Part I concluded with Quincy Trouppe as catcher/manager for the 1947-48 Caguas Criollos, Puerto Rico Winter League (PRWL) champs. Part II highlights exploits by Gibson and Trouppe in Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Coincidentally, Gibson was born in Buena Vista, Georgia, December 21, 1911; Trouppe’s birthplace was Dublin, Georgia, one year later—December 25, …

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Joshua Gibson, Quincy Trouppe, other catcher-managers in Puerto Rico/Caribbean: Part I

Joshua Gibson managed and caught for the 1939-40 Santurce Crabbers, in Puerto Rico’s Winter League (PRWL).  Quincy Trouppe did likewise for the 1947-48 Caguas Criollos, PRWL champs.  Robert Clarke managed the 1945-46 San Juan Senators, as a catcher.  Johnny Hayes performed catcher/manager double duty for the 1941-42 Aguadilla Sharks.  Part I focuses on these talented …

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Ten Negro League players were part of Ponce’s first baseball championship in Puerto Rico

Eighty years ago today(March 8th, 1942), the Ponce Leones baseball team won their first Championship in the  Puerto Rican Professional League Baseball history. OTD team #Ponce won their first baseball championship in 1942. The season was divided in two rounds, the winners of each half would face each other for the championship, Ponce won both …

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Fernando Díaz Pedroso: Mexican League (Part IV)

Fernando Diaz Pedroso, big leaguer as of December 16, 2020, when his 1945-1947 seasons with the New York Cubans achieved MLB status, hit his most famous homer for the 1946-47 Ponce Lions, versus the New York Yankees’ Joe Page, on February 24, 1947, in a San Juan, Puerto Rico spring training game. Pedroso contributed to …

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Fernando Díaz Pedroso: February 24, 1947, Homerun versus New York Yankees (Part I)

Fernando Diaz Pedroso became a big leaguer on December 16, 2020, when his 1945-1947 seasons with the New York Cubans achieved MLB status due to the official position taken by Commissioner Rob Manfred. This decision positively affected players in seven Negro Leagues from 1920-to 1948. So, who was Pedroso, and what were some of his …

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Howard Easterling: “under the radar” switch-hitter

Mount Olive, Mississippi produced one of the best switch-hitting third basemen (3B) in MLB history: Howard Easterling. He was born November 26, 1911; and, passed away in Collins, Mississippi, September 6, 1993.  The main focus of this blog is Easterling with the Homestead Grays in the States; Ponce Lions in Puerto Rico; and Sabios de …

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