Caribbean Commonalities and Traditions

In a region where youngsters use whatever equipment is available, and will create what is not, baseball is often seen as a way to escape poverty. With little competition from other sports, the best athletes gravitate toward baseball.

These cardboard gloves, bat, and handmade ball are from the Dominican Republic's famous San Pedro de Macorís. This city of 200,000 has produced nearly as many major leaguers as Santo Domingo, the country's largest city, with a population 10 times greater.