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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: Águilas Cibaeñas, 1952 Dominican Summer League (Part III)

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

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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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Raymond Brown defeated the New York Yankees on February 24, 1947

In Raymond Brown’s SABR bio by Chris Rainey, fellow pitcher and Cooperstown Hall of Famer Hilton Smith ranked Brown—a 2006 Cooperstown Inductee—at Satchel Paige and Bob Feller’s level. https://sabr.org/bioproj/person/raymond-brown/  Raymond Brown, in Puerto Rico, beat the 1936 Cincinnati Reds with his hitting, and the 1947 New York Yankees with his pitching. The focus of this …

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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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