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Puerto Rico

Brought to Puerto Rico by Cubans around 1897, baseball got a boost when the U.S. military arrived a year later. In 1938, local businessmen capitalized on the game's popularity by starting the Puerto Rico Baseball League. The league eventually replaced Cuba as the Caribbean's leading circuit and springboard to the majors.

Here, Roberto Clemente and Orlando Cepeda got their start and returned winter after winter, while major leaguers like Willie Mays, Mike Schmidt and Cal Ripken Jr. came south for seasoning. Today, the immortal Clemente remains an icon for Puerto Ricans.

Early major league star:
Víctor Pellot "Vic Power"
(debuted 1954)

Hall of Fame:
Roberto Alomar, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente

Leading Rivalries:
San Juan vs. Santurce




Puerto Rico




Statistics
Puerto Ricans in the Major Leagues by Decade

1920s1930s1940s1950s1960s1970s1980s1990s2000s
Active players 0 0 2 15 33 56 67 88 86
Games played 0 0 477 3,228 8,551 16,996 18,528 29,616 31,153
All-Star assignments * 0 0 7 30 9 9 47 35
Pitching wins 0 0 34 112 166 229 232 482 358
Home Runs 0 0 24 196 667 848 1,118 2,721 2,942

* The All-Star Game began in 1933