SABR Digital Library: Dominicans in the Major Leagues

SABR Digital Library: Dominicans in the Major Leagues

SABR Digital Library: Dominicans in the Major LeaguesAdd a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

Dominicans in the Major Leagues
Dominicanos en las Ligas Mayores
Edited by Bill Nowlin and Julio M. Rodriguez

Associate Editors: Len Levin and Carl Riechers
Spanish translations by Reynaldo Cruz
ISBN (English ebook): 978-1-970159-58-5, $9.99
ISBN (English paperback): 978-1-970159-59-2, $34.95
ISBN (ebook en Español): 978-1-970159-60-8, $9.99
ISBN (paperback en Español): 978-1-970159-61-5, $34.95
8.5″ x 11″, 432 pages

Any fan of present-day Major League Baseball recognizes that the Dominican Republic is well-represented by many key players throughout the sport. Around 800 natives of the Dominican Republic have played in the majors—a full 300 more than any other country, aside from the United States.

The first was Pedro Alejandro San, who pitched in the Eastern Colored League in 1926 for the Cuban Stars East. He was joined on the team the following year by Tetelo Vargas. A few years later, shortstop Horacio “Rabbit” Martinez joined the New York Cubans in 1935. Martinez took part in five Negro League All-Star Games.

The first Dominican to play in either the National or American League was Osvaldo “Ozzie” Virgil, in 1956 with the New York Giants, beginning a nine-year career.

In 1983, Juan Marichal—like Virgil, coming from Montecristi—became the first Dominican inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. He has since been joined by Pedro Martinez and Vladimir Guerrero, and no one doubts that many more will follow, as Dominican stars continue to shine in the major leagues.

This book was created through the combined efforts of 41 members of the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) and gathers biographies of 54 Dominican players, including not only the aforementioned players, but also David Ortiz, Felipe, Jesús, and Matty Alou, Sammy Sosa, Raul Mondesi, and Fernando Tatis. Also included is a recap of the Dominican team’s passionate, action-packed sweep of the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Available in English and in Spanish language editions.

Dominicanos en las Ligas Mayores (en Español)Cualquier aficionado al béisbol en la actualidad reconoce que la República Dominicana está bien representada por varios jugadores claves por todas las ligas mayores de béisbol. Cuando este libro se publica, unos 800 jugadores nativos de la República Dominicana han jugado en las mayores—un total de 300 más que cualquier otro país luego de Estados Unidos.

El primero fue Pedro Alejandro San, quien lanzó en la Eastern Colored League en 1926 con los Cuban Stars East. Al año siguiente se le unió en el equipo Tetelo Vargas. Pocos años después, el paracorto Horacio “El Conejo” Martínez se unió a los New York Cubans en 1935. Martínez participó en cinco Juegos de Estrellas de las Ligas Negras.

El primer dominicano en jugar en la Liga Nacional o la Liga Americana fue Osvaldo “Ozzie” Virgil, en 1956 con los New York Giants, comenzando una carrera de nueve años.

En 1983, Juan Marichal—originario de Montecristi al igual que Virgil y San—se convirtió en el primer pelotero dominicano en ser exaltado al Salón de la Fama del Béisbol en Cooperstown. Desde entonces se le unieron Pedro Martínez y Vladimir Guerrero, y nadie duda que muchos otros les seguirán según pasen los años.

Este libro se creó por medio de los esfuerzos combinados de 41 miembros de la Sociedad para la Investigación del Béisbol de Estados Unidos (SABR) y reúne las biografías de 54 jugadores dominicanos. El libro está disponible en inglés y español.


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About the SABR Digital Library

For more than 40 years, SABR and its members have led the way in publishing the best baseball historical and statistical research. Our publications program is shifting to take advantage of new methods of publishing. Not only will we continue to publish new books like Can He Play? A Look At Baseball Scouts and Their Profession (2011); Inventing Baseball: The 100 Greatest Games of the 19th Century (2013); Scandal on the South Side: The 1919 Chicago White Sox (2015); Au jeu/Play Ball: The 50 Greatest Games in the History of the Montreal Expos (2016); The Pride of Smoketown: The 1935 Pittsburgh Crawfords (2020); and Jackie Robinson: Perspectives on 42 (2021), which showcase the best efforts of SABR’s members, chapters and committees, but new technology makes it possible for us to bring out-of-print titles like The Fenway Project (2013); Go-Go to Glory: The 1959 Chicago White Sox (2019); and Green Cathedrals (2020) back again.

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Originally published: February 22, 2022. Last Updated: February 23, 2022.