The Santurce Crabbers: Sixty Seasons of Puerto Rican Winter League Baseball

The Santurce Crabbers: Sixty Seasons of Puerto Rican Winter League Baseball

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ISBN-13: 9780786438952
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 08/26/2008
Pages: 279
Sales rank: 1,144,895
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Thomas E. Van Hyning, fluent in Spanish and a research manager for the Mississippi Tourism Division, served 1991–1995 as U.S. correspondent for the Puerto Rico Professional Baseball Hall of Fame and was a former member of SABR’s Latin American Committee. He writes for The National Pastime and the Baseball Research Journal. He also wrote Puerto Rico’s Winter League (1995; paperback 2004). He lives in Florence, Mississippi.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Acknowledgments v

Foreword (by Herman Franks) 1

Preface 3



1. IT BEGAN WITH PEDRÍN 7

2. A LEAGUE ANCHOR 25

3. RUBÉN GÓMEZ, #22 45

4. FROM CARACAS TO CARACAS 63

5. ESCOBAR GIVES WAY TO BITHORN 83

6. BALTIMORE COMES TO TOWN 103

7. THE DRY SPELL BEGINS 123

8. THE DRY SPELL CONTINUES 141

9. A NEW DECADE 159

10. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES 183



Appendices: Santurce Crabbers Statistics 201

1. Team Standings: Wins-Losses, 1939–1999 201

2. Santurce’s Post-Season series: Results/Standings, 1940–1999 204

3. Regular Season City Championships, Santurce vs. San Juan, 1939–1999 206

4. Selected Santurce League Leaders, Hitting and Pitching, 1939–1999 207

5. Santurce MVP Award Recipients, 1940–1999 209

6. Santurce Rookie of the Year Recipients, 1943–1999 209

7. Selected Santurce Career Records, 1940–1999 210

8. Santurce Single Season and Career Hitting and Pitching Records, 1939–1999 218

9. Boxscores of League No-Hitters by Santurce Pitchers 219

10. Santurce Team Rosters, 1939–1999 221

11. Santurce Dream Teams, 1939–1999 239

12. Selected Major League Achievements Earned by Santurce Players through the 1998 Season 240

13. Puerto Rico Professional Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees with a Santurce Connection, 1991–1996 242

14. Pedrín Zorrilla Award Recipients, 1981–1998 242

15. Santurce and other League Teams and Stadiums, 1939–1999 243



Notes 245

Selected Bibliography 253

Index 255

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