By Laurel Camean
In the 1940s, World War II caused major league ball players to hang up their cleats and enter military service. Legendary Chicago Cubs owner Phillip Wrigley sought to fill this void in American culture, by establishing the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) in 1943 with teams from Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin.
Historically, baseball had mostly been a white gentleman’s game, but the AAGPBL fostered diversity and acceptance of Latino culture into the United States.
By Kimberly McCray
Venezuela has sent almost 300 players to the big leagues. Yet of all the players hailing from the small South American nation, a select group of high-profile shortstops are Venezuela’s most successful exports. Glove men like Omar Vizquel, Dave Concepcion, Ozzie Guillen and Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio top the list of the position six players that are the pride of the nation.
By Connor O’Gara
Willie Hernandez was part of a baseball revolution in the 1980s. No longer was a starting pitcher expected to finish his battles. Instead, specialty hurlers were called upon in relief to close out games in the late innings. Few executed this new closer position as well as Hernandez, especially in 1984.
By Kimberly McCray
Almost one third of all major leaguers have a Latino heritage. And among Latin American countries, the Dominican Republic has produced more Latino baseball talent than any other.
By Connor O’Gara
All nine players on a baseball field impact the game in a different way. Some do it with stellar defense, some do it with steady power in the middle of the lineup and others make their presence felt on the mound.
Epy Guerrero, on the other hand, made his presence felt outside the white lines by discovering those players. The Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native revolutionized Major League Baseball scouting in a career that spanned four decades.
By Lindsey Hale
The Little League World Series is held every year in Williamsport, Pa., and teams from the all over the world compete to play for the championship.
In 1957, Angel Macias led Mexico to the championship – the first international team to claim the title.
By Jackson Malnati
“If a man put a gun to my head and said I’m going to pull the trigger if you lose this game, I’d want Luis Tiant to pitch that game.”
By Max Miller
Saturnino Orestes Arrieta Armas Minoso, better known as Minnie, is recognized today as the first dark-skinned Latin player to play Major League Baseball. As such, Minoso blazed a trail – not unlike Jackie Robinson – for thousands of players who followed him to the big leagues.
Dressed casually, pushing a baby stroller and surrounded by his family, Chris Stewart fit right in among the crowd – eagerly taking in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on Wednesday afternoon. But unlike the other fans of the National Pastime soaking in the experience, Stewart’s a big league player with the New York Yankees – taking time off in the middle of a hectic season.
Currently the backup catcher behind Russell Martin, the 30-year-old Stewart, with the All-Star break looming, decided the time was right to make his first trip to Cooperstown.
By Connor O'Gara
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Billy Williams just couldn’t wait any longer.
The Hall of Fame outfielder has been waiting for his former friend and teammate Ron Santo to get inducted among the baseball immortals for over 30 years. Williams would go to a party in Santo’s honor the day the Baseball Hall of Fame voting results came out, hoping it would finally be the year. But until this year, the call never came.
But now, the waiting game is over.