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
By Robert Dominguez The Dominican Republic added to its status as the Yankees of the Caribbean Series — with a little positive mojo from Red Sox icon Big Papi — by winning its 20th title in the tournament’s 62-year history with a dominating 9-3 victory over Venezuela. It was the first-ever title for the Toros del Este from La Romana, which finished the Series held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with a dominating 6-1 record. Venezuela’s Cardenales de Lara was overmatched from the start of the Feb. 7 final played at Hiram Bithorn Stadium. The Caribbean Series, which ran Feb.