Latin American Baseball History
Baseball was introduced to Latin America in the 1860s by Cuban students returning from colleges in the United States and American sailors who ported in the country. The sport spread quickly across the island nation after its introduction, with student Nemesio Guillot receiving popular credit date for the game's growth (read more)
Originally founded as Liga de Béisbol Semiprofesional de Puerto Rico (LBSPR) as a semi-professional league.
Following the world championship in Havana, integrated baseball in Venezuela attracted ball players from the Caribbean and the U.S.
Signed a large amount of players from the Negro League of the with large salaries by Dominican owners.
Previously known as Sonora Winter League and Sonora-Sinaloa League before adopting its present name in 1970.
Winter baseball league composed of 4 teams, all in the Mexican state of Veracruz.
Also known as the Colombian Winter League, plays during three months during the MLB offseason.
Operated from 1948-1972 as Panamanian Professional Baseball League. Restarted as 'Probeis' in 2011.
Due to economic difficulty, the league was shut down in 1967 and was re-established in 2004.
Government run, formed after the dissolution of the Cuban League in the wake of the Cuban Revolution.
Integrated with black, white, and Cuban players. Dissolved after Fidel Castro decreed abolition of professional baseball.