For fans of the late Pittsburgh Pirates icon who missed the chance to visit the Robert Clemente exhibit of historic artifacts, artwork and other memorabilia that opened in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, see the video below for the second part of a recent report from ABC Puerto Rico’s “Primetime.” The exhibit opened to plenty of fanfare in late February but was unfortunately shuttered until further notice after the coronavirus pandemic struck. Click here for Part I of the "Primetime" feature that provides a behind-the-scenes tour of the items on display that cover the life and career of the Pittsburgh Pirates icon. Check back
It was the All-Star game few baseball fans witnessed, and few today know it was ever played at all. Nearly 60 years ago, on a warm and sunny autumn afternoon in New York, two teams comprised of Latino players from the Major Leagues squared off at the Polo Grounds for an exhibition game billed as a charity event to benefit a new Latin American Hall of Fame. Held on Oct. 12, 1963 — a week after the Los Angeles Dodgers swept the New York Yankees in the World Series — it would be the last baseball game ever played at
Baseball in Latin America — and the fan fervor for the game — goes back more than a century. But it's in the winter when the fun really heated up as MLB players from stars to scrubs —including plenty of future Hall of Famers — would head to the sunny climes of the Caribbean to keep their skills sharp. Click on the photos for a look back at how baseball was played in Puerto Rico.
The influx of players from the Dominican Republic in recent years has certainly changed the face of the Major Leagues, but professional ball goes back more than 100 years in the baseball-crazy country. The following vintage photos — culled from the archives of famed Dominican baseball historian Emilio “Cuqui” Cordova, who died March 7 at age 90 — are a rare look back at the history of the game in the D.R., which fielded some great teams and boasted countless excellent players, many of whom would have been MLB stars if not for the color barrier. And much like
Love him or hate him, Jose Altuve is making a case to be known as the new Mr. October. The Houston Astros’ controversial second baseman hit a leadoff home run in the seventh inning of Game 2 of the 2021 World Series, tying him with Yankees great Bernie Williams for the second most postseason homers all-time. The blast, which helped seal a 7-2 Astros win against the Atlanta Braves in Houston to tie the Series, was Altuve’s 22nd October dinger. Manny Ramirez has the most with 29. “To hit 22 homers in the playoffs and tie [Williams] — always every
Yordan Alvarez is using the 2021 postseason to prove what the Houston Astros have known all along: The 24-year-old slugger from Las Tunas, Cuba, is one of the best young hitters in the game despite a rocky start to his career. A year after missing all but two games of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season due to surgery on both knees, Alvarez — the 2019 AL Rookie of the Year — is putting a bright, beautiful bow on his comeback campaign with a torrid postseason. He was named the AL Championship Series MVP on Friday after the Astros beat the Boston
The Yankees waited a long time to reap the fruits of their controversial 2012 trade for pitcher Michael Pineda, and when the strapping, 6’7” righty finally made his Yankee debut two years later after a raft of injuries, it looked like New York had itself a future ace in the making. That is, until Pineda got caught with his hand – and neck – in the pine tar jar. Pineda was 23 and coming off a solid rookie season in 2011 for the Mariners, one that included a selection to the All-Star game when the Yankees traded power-hitting catching prospect
By Robert Dominguez At 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds, Andres Galarraga was an imposing figure on the diamond known as “The Big Cat” for his unexpected quickness and agility at first base. But as good as he was with the glove, the Big Cat also swung a big bat. He was a lifetime .288 hitter over 19 seasons, smashing 399 homers and averaging 102 RBI a year. A five-time All-Star, Galarraga played for six teams, including eight seasons with the Montreal Expos before signing with the expansion Colorado Rockies as a free agent in 1993, when he won his only batting