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Venezuela

In 1895, several Venezuelans, having fallen in love with baseball while traveling in the U.S., joined with Cuban businessman Emilio Cramer to form the country's first team. However, it was not until the national team's upset victory over powerful Cuba in the 1941 World Amateur Baseball tournament that the game's popularity skyrocketed. The win marked Venezuela's "coming of age" and spurred the creation of the country's winter league.

Of particular pride to Venezuelans is the country's long line of major league shortstops, including such greats as Luis Aparicio, Alfonso "Chico" Carrasquel, David Concepción and Omar Vizquel. Following only the U.S. and the Dominican Republic in active major leaguers, Venezuela's influence extends far beyond the shortstop position today.

Early major league star:
Alfonzo "Chico" Carrasquel
(debuted 1950)

Hall of Fame:
Luis Aparicio

Leading Rivalries:
Caracas vs. Magallanes




Venezuela




Statistics
Venezuelans in the Major Leagues by Decade

1920s1930s1940s1950s1960s1970s1980s1990s2000s
Active players 0 1 2 4 12 19 34 77 159
Games played 0 40 222 2,045 3,593 6,040 9,215 13,863 33,410
All-Star assignments * 0 0 7 8 10 12 12 37
Pitching wins 0 5 45 16 2 23 124 308 925
Home Runs 0 1 0 69 117 172 554 786 2,279

* The All-Star Game began in 1933