Heated rivalries among industrial teams, communities and nations helped build a culture of baseball excellence in the Caribbean. Today, the winners of the Dominican, Mexican, Puerto Rican and Venezuelan winter leagues meet in the Caribbean Series to determine international bragging rights.
The Dominican Republic's Licey team has won more Caribbean Series championships than any other club, and the Dominican Republic has won more more trophies than any other country.
First Caribbean Series trophy won by the Licey club, 1971
Almendares featured the kind of racial mix typical of Caribbean clubs, including Negro league star and future Hall of Famer Monte Irvin, Brooklyn's World Series star Al Gionfriddo and Cuban pitcher and future All-Star Conrado "Connie" Marrero.
Ball from the first Caribbean Series in Havana, Cuba, February 19-26, 1949, won by Cuba's Almendares club