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Making the Majors


Latin Americans began playing baseball in the United States before professional leagues existed, but the first 70 years of major league ball included few players from the Caribbean. Their numbers grew in the 1950s, baseball's era of integration, before an even larger increase began in the 1980s.

As trailblazing Latin players made their mark in the U.S., each success story paved the way to the majors and inspired others to follow.