Almendares Club v Borinquen Club on 2 June 1896

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Date of Game Tuesday, June 2, 1896
Location Puerto Rico
Home Team  Add Club Page Almendares Club
Away Team  Add Club Page Borinquen Club
Score 11 - 22
NY Rules Unknown

"It is generally acknowledged that the Cubans introduced baseball to Puerto Rico shortly before the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898. A newspaper box score appearing in June 14, 1896, documented the first reported game as Borinquen, the Carib Indian name for the island, played Almendares, a team of Cuban expatriates. The newspaper deemed the game 'dangerous for human beings and a silly form of entertainment."

Thomas E. Van Hyning and Franklin Otto, Puerto Rico: A Major League Steppingstone.

"Puerto Rico's baseball origins stretch back nearly as far as those of any of its Caribbean rivals. The first known game on Borinquen (as the island is called by its natives) have been placed as early as 1897, the same year in which the long-time colony achieved independence from Spain."

Peter C. Bjarkman, Diamonds Around the Globe (Greenwood Press, 2005), page? says the game was June 2, 1896, won 22-11 by the Puerto Rican team.


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Found by Bruce Allardice
Entry Origin Sabrpedia


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