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The Santurce Crabbers : sixty seasons of Puerto Rican Winter League baseball
Van Hyning, Thomas E., 1954-
Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., 1999.
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x, 269 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
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The Santurce Crabbers are one of the most storied franchises in the Caribbean. Their first owner, Pedrin Zorrilla, was a visionary, with many Negro League and big league contacts. Zorrilla signed up such eventual Hall of Famers as Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige, Roy Campanella, Ray Dandridge and Leon Day during the team's first decade. Santurce was the most successful winter league team of the 1950s, with three Caribbean Series titles. Roberto Clemente, Ruben Gomez, Willie Mays, Willard Brown and Bob Thurman played for the Crabbers during those glory years. Tom Lasorda used to pitch for them.Santurce set up working agreements with the Giants, Orioles, Dodgers and Astros, among other teams. Earl Weaver and Frank Robinson were team managers and Hall of Famers Bob Gibson, Jim Palmer, Reggie Jackson and Robin Yount were early-career Crabbers. Orlando Cepeda and Tony (Tany) Perez played their entire winter league careers with Santurce. Lee Smith, the major leagues' all-time saves leader, pitched for them. Juan Gonzalez and Jose Cruz, Jr., are two of the team's Puerto Rican stars in the 1990s.

Author Notes

Thomas E. Van Hyning, fluent in Spanish and a manager for the Mississippi Division of Tourism, served from 1991 to 1995 as U.S. correspondent for the Puerto Rico Professional Baseball Hall of Fame and is a member of SABR's Latin American Committee

Table of Contents

Herman Franks
Acknowledgmentsp. v
Forewordp. 1
Prefacep. 3
1 It Began with Pedrinp. 7
2 A League Anchorp. 25
3 Ruben Gomez, #22p. 45
4 From Caracas to Caracasp. 63
5 Escobar Gives Way to Bithornp. 83
6 Baltimore Comes to Townp. 103
7 The Dry Spell Beginsp. 123
8 The Dry Spell Continuesp. 141
9 A New Decadep. 159
10 Thanks for the Memoriesp. 183
Appendices Santurce Crabbers Statisticsp. 201
1. Team Standings: Wins-Losses, 1939-1999p. 201
2. Santurce's Post-Season series: Results/Standings, 1940-1999p. 204
3. Regular Season City Championships, Santurce vs. San Juan, 1939-1999p. 206
4. Selected Santurce League Leaders, Hitting and Pitching, 1939-1999p. 207
5. Santurce MVP Award Recipients, 1940-1999p. 209
6. Santurce Rookie of the Year Recipients, 1943-1999p. 209
7. Selected Santurce Career Records, 1940-1999p. 210
8. Santurce Single Season and Career Hitting and Pitching Records, 1939-1999p. 218
9. Boxscores of League No-Hitters by Santurce Pitchersp. 219
10. Santurce Team Rosters, 1939-1999p. 221
11. Santurce Dream Teams, 1939-1999p. 239
12. Selected Major League Achievements Earned by Santurce Players through the 1998 Seasonp. 240
13. Puerto Rico Professional Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees with a Santurce Connection, 1991-1996p. 242
14. Pedrin Zorrilla Award Recipients, 1981-1998p. 242
15. Santurce and other League Teams and Stadiums, 1939-1999p. 243
Notesp. 245
Selected Bibliographyp. 253
Indexp. 255