Borinquen Baseball Club v Almendares Baseball Club in January 1898

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Date of Game January 1898
Location Santurce, Puerto Rico
Field Santurce Velodrome
Home Team  Add Club Page Borinquen Baseball Club
Away Team  Add Club Page Almendares Baseball Club
Score 3 - 0
Description

"The game of baseball was first introduced to the island by a group of Puerto Ricans and Cubans who had learned the game in the United States. At first the sport was not well received by the local press and general public, it was looked upon as a silly game. The first two baseball clubs were founded in 1897; the Almendares Baseball Club, owned by Francisco Alamo Armas and the Borinquen Baseball Club owned by Santos Filippi. According to the newspaper El Pais, on January 11, 1898, the first organized baseball game was played in Puerto Rico at the velodrome which was located at Stop 15 (Parada 15) in Santurce. There the Borinquen team beat the Almendares by a score of 3 to 0. The first game to go a complete nine innings was played on January 30, 1898 and the Borinquen once again beating the Almendares with a score of 9 to 3." The specific latter game cite is to El Liberal, Feb. 1, 1898.

"After the end of the Spanish-American War in the summer of 1898, Puerto Rico became a territory of United States as part of its peace treaty with Spain. American soldiers stationed in Puerto Rico were permitted to organize a baseball club to play against the local clubs as diversional outlet. On November 4, 1900 the Almendares Baseball Club composed of Puerto Ricans and Cubans beat the American Baseball Club of the Second Regiment of Infantry with a score of 32 to 18." Per www.baseball-reference.com, accessed 9-1-2013.

 

Today Santurce is part of the capitol, San Juan.

Sources

www.baseball-reference.com, accessed 9-1-2013

Correspondencia de Puerto Rico, Jan. 14, 1898

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