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The Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League (Spanish: Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente), formerly the Puerto Rico Baseball League, Puerto Rican League and Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League. It is the top professional baseball league in Puerto Rico. It is a winter league that consisting of six teams with the league's champion participating in the Serie del Caribe. The league canceled the 2007-2008 season due to financial concerns..

The league was established in the winter of 1938-1939 as a semi-professional baseball league. The league featured 6 teams, but only two of their players, Hiram Bithorn and Luis Olmo would make it to the US Major Leagues. The six original teams were the Mayagüez Indians, San Juan Senators, Ponce Lions, Caguas Criollos, the Humacao Oriental Grays and the Guayama Brujos. The following year, two expansion teams, the Santurce Crabbers and the Aguadilla Sharks were added. The league became an official "professional" league in 1941.

In 1949 the league helped co-found the Caribbean Series and it has been a major winter league for over 65 years. Puerto Rican teams have won 14 Caribbean Series titles, five behind the Dominican Republic for the all-time lead. Many high profile players have been a part of the league like Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Leon Day, Buck Leonard, Raymond Brown, Willard Brown, Hilton Smith, Willie Mays, Monte Irvin, Ed Stone, Bob Thurman, Bill Byrd, Buster Clarkson, Larry Doby and Puerto Rican natives Luis Olmo, Perucho Cepeda, Francisco Coimbre, Luis Márquez, Rubén Gómez, Juan Pizarro, Roberto Clemente, Orlando Cepeda, Iván Rodríguez, Roberto Alomar, Juan González, Carlos Delgado, Bernie Williams and Edgar Martínez.

Other would be Major league stars played for one or more winters on their way to "making it" in the Major leagues, including Tommy Lasorda, Don Zimmer, Roy Campanella, Sandy Koufax, Frank Robinson, Denny McLain, Gary Carter, Steve Carlton, Rickey Henderson, Mike Schmidt, Cal Ripken, Jr., Johnny Bench, Bob Gibson and Vince Coleman, among others.

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[edit] Current Teams

Team English Stadium City
Criollos de Caguas Caguas Creoles Parque Yldefonso Solá Morales Caguas
Gigantes de Carolina Carolina Giants Estadio Roberto Clemente Walker Carolina
Indios de Mayagüez Mayagüez Indians Estadio Isidoro García Mayagüez
Leones de Ponce Ponce Lions Estadio Francisco Montaner Ponce
Cangrejeros de Santurce Santurce Crabbers Estadio Hiram Bithorn San Juan

[edit] Former Teams

[edit] League Champions

[edit] Championships by Team

[edit] Seasonal Champions

Team won the Serie del Caribe
Season Champion Runnerup Manager Regular Season Record Playoffs
1938 Guayama San Juan Fernando García Guayama 27 - 12 (0.692) 3 - 2
1939 Guayama San Juan Fernando García Guayama 39 - 17 (0.696) 4 - 0
1940 Caguas Santurce José Seda Caguas 27 - 15 (0.643) 4 - 3
1941 Leones de Ponce [[]] George Scales Leones de Ponce 30 - 13 (0.698)
1942 Leones de Ponce Santurce George Scales Leones de Ponce 19 - 16 (0.543) 4 - 1
1943 Leones de Ponce [[]] George Scales Leones de Ponce 37 - 7 (0.841)
1944 Leones de Ponce [[]] George Scales Leones de Ponce 28 - 11 (0.718)
1945 Senadores de San Juan Mayagüez Robert Clarke Indios de Mayagüez 24 - 16 (0.600) 4 - 2
1946 Leones de Ponce Caguas-Guayama George Scales Leones de Ponce 38 - 22 (0.633) 4 - 3
1947 Caguas-Guayama Indios de Mayagüez Quincy Trouppe Indios de Mayagüez 39 - 21 (0.650) 4 - 3
1948 Indios de Mayagüez Cangrejeros de Santurce Artie Wilson Indios de Mayagüez 51 - 29 (0.638) 4 - 2
1949 Caguas-Guayama Indios de Mayagüez Luis Olmo Caguas-Guayama 47 - 31 (0.603) 4 - 0
1950 Cangrejeros de Santurce Caguas-Guayama George Scales Caguas-Guayama 57 - 20 (0.740) 4 - 3
1951 Senadores de San Juan Cangrejeros de Santurce Freddie Thon Cangrejeros de Santurce 43 - 29 (0.597) 4 - 2
1952 Cangrejeros de Santurce Senadores de San Juan Buster Clarkson Cangrejeros de Santurce 45 - 27 (0.625) 4 - 2
1953 Caguas-Guayama Indios de Mayagüez Mickey Owen Caguas-Guayama 46 - 34 (0.575) 4 - 1
1954 Cangrejeros de Santurce Caguas-Guayama Herman Franks Cangrejeros de Santurce 47 - 25 (0.653) 4 - 1
1955 Caguas-Guayama Cangrejeros de Santurce Ben Geraghty Cangrejeros de Santurce 43 - 29 (0.597) 4 - 2
1956 Indios de Mayagüez Cangrejeros de Santurce Mickey Owen Cangrejeros de Santurce 43 - 29 (0.597) 4 - 1
1957 Caguas-Guayama Cangrejeros de Santurce Ted Norbert Cangrejeros de Santurce 36 - 28 (0.563) 4 - 0
1958 Cangrejeros de Santurce Caguas-Guayama Ramon "Monchile" Concepción Senadores de San Juan 38 - 24 (0.613) 5- 2
1959 Caguas-Guayama Senadores de San Juan Vic Power Senadores de San Juan 41 - 23 (0.641) 5 - 1
1960 Senadores de San Juan Criollos de Caguas Lum Harris Senadores de San Juan 39 - 25 (0.609) 5 - 3
1961 Cangrejeros de Santurce Indios de Mayagüez Vern Benson Indios de Mayagüez 45 - 35 (0.563) 4 - 0
1962 Indios de Mayagüez Criollos de Caguas Cal Ermer Indios de Mayagüez 42 - 28 (0.600) 4 - 1
1963 Senadores de San Juan Indios de Mayagüez Les Moss Criollos de Caguas 41 - 29 (0.586) 4 - 1
1964 Cangrejeros de Santurce Indios de Mayagüez Preston Gómez Cangrejeros de Santurce 41 - 28 (0.594) 4 - 2
1965 Indios de Mayagüez Leones de Ponce Wayne Blackburn Indios de Mayagüez 42 - 28 (0.600) 4 - 2
1966 Cangrejeros de Santurce Leones de Ponce Earl Weaver Leones de Ponce 46 - 25 (0.648) 4 - 2
1967 Caguas-Guayama Cangrejeros de Santurce Saturnino "Nino" Escalera Cangrejeros de Santurce 47 - 22 (0.681) 4 - 2
1968 Leones de Ponce Senadores de San Juan Rocky Bridges Cangrejeros de Santurce 49 - 20 (0.710) 4 -0
1969 Leones de Ponce Cangrejeros de Santurce Jim Fregosi Leones de Ponce 44 - 25 (0.638) 4 - 2
1970 Cangrejeros de Santurce Criollos de Caguas Frank Robinson Criollos de Caguas 41 - 29 (0.586) 4 - 3
1971 Leones de Ponce Senadores de San Juan Frank Verdi Senadores de San Juan 39 - 30 (0.565) 4 - 2
1972 Cangrejeros de Santurce Leones de Ponce Frank Robinson Cangrejeros de Santurce 45 - 25 (0.643) 4 - 2
1973 Caguas-Guayama Leones de Ponce Bobby Wine Leones de Ponce 42 - 28 (0.600) 4 - 2
1974 Vaqueros de Bayamón Criollos de Caguas José Pagán Criollos de Caguas 43 - 27 (0.614) 4 - 3
1975 Vaqueros de Bayamón Criollos de Caguas José Pagán Criollos de Caguas 35 - 25 (0.583) 5 - 2
1976 Criollos de Caguas Vaqueros de Bayamón Doc Edwards Criollos de Caguas 40 - 20 (0.667) 5 - 1
1977 Indios de Mayagüez Vaqueros de Bayamón Rene Lachemann Criollos de Caguas 37 - 23 (0.617) 4 - 2
1978 Criollos de Caguas Indios de Mayagüez Félix Millán Leones de Ponce 33 - 27 (0.550) 4 - 3
1979 Vaqueros de Bayamón Cangrejeros de Santurce Art Howe Cangrejeros de Santurce 36 - 24 (0.600) 4 - 1
1980 Criollos de Caguas Indios de Mayagüez Félix Millán Vaqueros de Bayamón 39 - 21 (0.650) 4 - 1
1981 Leones de Ponce Vaqueros de Bayamón Ed Nottle Criollos de Caguas 37 - 23 (0.617) 4 - 3
1982 Lobos de Arecibo Leones de Ponce Ron Clark Cangrejeros de Santurce 35 - 26 (0.574) 4 - 3
1983 Indios de Mayagüez Leones de Ponce Frank Verdi Indios de Mayagüez 38 - 22 (0.633) 4 - 3
1984 Senadores de San Juan Cangrejeros de Santurce Mako Oliveras Indios de Mayagüez 38 - 22 (0.633) 4 - 3
1985 Indios de Mayagüez Senadores de San Juan Nick Leyva Criollos de Caguas 33 - 21 (0.611) 4 - 2
1986 Criollos de Caguas Leones de Ponce Tim Foli Leones de Ponce 34 - 19 (0.642) 4 - 2
1987 Indios de Mayagüez Cangrejeros de Santurce Jim Riggleman Cangrejeros de Santurce 31 - 21 (0.596) 4 - 3
1988 Indios de Mayagüez Senadores de San Juan Tom Gamboa Senadores de San Juan 35 - 25 (0.583) 4 - 1
1989 Senadores de San Juan Criollos de Caguas Mako Oliveras Leones de Ponce 31 - 19 (0.620) 5 - 3
1990 Cangrejeros de Santurce Indios de Mayagüez Mako Oliveras Senadores de San Juan 33 - 25 (0.569) 5 - 3
1991 Indios de Mayagüez Senadores de San Juan Pat Kelly Senadores de San Juan 29 - 21 (0.580) 5 - 4
1992 Cangrejeros de Santurce Senadores de San Juan Mako Oliveras Cangrejeros de Santurce 29 - 18 (0.617) 5 - 1
1993 Senadores de San Juan Cangrejeros de Santurce Luis Meléndez Senadores de San Juan 35 - 13 (0.729) 5 - 2
1994 Senadores de San Juan Indios de Mayagüez Luis Meléndez Indios de Mayagüez 33 - 21 (0.611) 5 - 3
1995 Lobos de Arecibo Indios de Mayagüez Pat Kelly Indios de Mayagüez 28 - 21 (0.571) 5 - 3
1996 Indios de Mayagüez Senadores de San Juan Tom Gamboa Indios de Mayagüez/
Cangrejeros de Santurce
28 - 22 (0.560) 5 - 3
1997 Indios de Mayagüez Senadores de San Juan Tom Gamboa Senadores de San Juan 40 - 22 (0.645) 5 - 4
1998 Indios de Mayagüez Leones de Ponce Al Newman Leones de Ponce 29 - 18 (0.617) 5 - 1
1999 Cangrejeros de Santurce Indios de Mayagüez Mako Oliveras Indios de Mayagüez 27 - 23 (0.540) 5 - 2
2000 Criollos de Caguas Indios de Mayagüez Sandy Alomar Sr. Criollos de Caguas 30 - 19 (0.612) 5 - 2
2001 Vaqueros de Bayamón Cangrejeros de Santurce Carmelo Martinez Leones de Ponce 31 - 22 (0.585) 5 - 3
2002 Indios de Mayagüez Criollos de Caguas Nick Leyva Criollos de Caguas 32 - 18 (0.640) 5 - 1
2003 Leones de Ponce Criollos de Caguas Cheo Cruz [[]] - () 5 - 2
2004 Indios de Mayagüez Gigantes de Carolina Mako Oliveras [[]] - () 5 - 3
2005 Gigantes de Carolina Leones de Ponce Lino Rivera [[]] - () 5 - 3
2006 Gigantes de Carolina Lobos de Arecibo Lino Rivera [[]] - () 5 - 2
2008 Leones de Ponce Lobos de Arecibo Eduardo Pérez [[]] - () 4 - 1
2009 Indios de Mayagüez Criollos de Caguas Mako Oliveras Lobos de Arecibo 18 - 24 (0.429) 4 - 1
2010 Criollos de Caguas Leones de Ponce Lino Rivera [[]] - () 4 - 3
2011 Indios de Mayagüez Criollos de Caguas Dave Miley Criollos de Caguas 20 - 21 (.488) 5 - 3
2012 Criollos de Caguas Indios de Mayagüez Pedro Lopez Criollos de Caguas 23 - 19 (.548) 4 - 2
2013 Indios de Mayagüez Criollos de Caguas Carlos Baerga 3-way tie 21 - 19 (.525) 4 - 2
2014 Cangrejeros de Santurce Indios de Mayagüez Eduardo Perez Criollos de Caguas 19 - 19 (.500) 4 - 2
2015 Cangrejeros de Santurce Indios de Mayagüez Ramón Vázquez Indios de Mayaguez 27-15 (.643) 4 - 2

[edit] Awards

[edit] Most Valuable Player

[edit] Rookie of the Year

[edit] Pitcher of the Year

[edit] Manager of the Year

[edit] Triple Crown Winners: Batting

[edit] Triple Crown Winners: Pitching

[edit] Leaders

[edit] Batting Average

[edit] Home Runs

[edit] Runs Batted In

[edit] Runs

[edit] Hits

[edit] Doubles

[edit] Triples

[edit] Stolen Bases

[edit] Wins

[edit] Strikeouts

[edit] ERA

[edit] Saves

[edit] Lifetime Leaders

[edit] Batting Average

  • 1 Willard Brown .350
  • 2 Francisco "Pancho" Coimbre .337
  • 3 Pedro "Perucho" Cepeda .325
  • 4 Roberto Clemente .324
  • 5 Orlando Cepeda .323
  • 6 Juan E. "Tetelo" Vargas .321
  • 7 Bob Thurman .313
  • 8 Omar García .304
  • 9 Tony Pérez .303
  • 9 Alfonso Gerard .303
  • 11 Buster Clarkson .301
  • 11 Jesús Feliciano .301
  • 13 Luis Márquez .300

[edit] Home Runs

  • 1 Bob Thurman 120
  • 2 José Cruz Sr. 119
  • 3 Elrod Hendricks 105
  • 3 Hector Villanueva 105
  • 5 Willard Brown 101
  • 6 Buster Clarkson 98
  • 7 Luis Márquez 97
  • 8 Candy Maldonado 92
  • 9 Orlando Cepeda 89
  • 10 Willie Montañez 86
  • 10 Carmelo Martinez 86

[edit] Runs Batted In

  • 1 Bob Thurman 566
  • 2 Luis Márquez 500
  • 3 Vic Power 489
  • 4 Willard Brown 473
  • 5 José M. Morales 467
  • 6 José Cruz Sr. 485
  • 7 José A. Pagán 463
  • 8 Buster Clarkson 461
  • 9 Juan J. Beníquez 450
  • 10 Héctor Villanueva 425

[edit] Runs

  • 1 Luis Marquez 768
  • 2 Carlos Bernier 739
  • 3 Saturnino "Nino" Escalera 646
  • 4 Juan E. "Tetelo" Vargas 606
  • 5 José Cruz Sr. 567
  • 6 Sandy Alomar Sr. 537
  • 7 Bob Thurman 527
  • 8 Juan J. Beníquez 525
  • 9 José A. Pagán 503
  • 10 Vic Power 463

[edit] Hits

  • 1 Luis Marquez 1,206
  • 2 Carlos Bernier 1,107
  • 3 Saturnino "Nino" Escalera 1,071
  • 4 Sandy Alomar Sr. 1,069
  • 5 Juan J. Beníquez 1,039
  • 6 José A. Pagán 1,015
  • 7 Vic Power 980
  • 8 Ramón L. "Wito" Conde 960
  • 9 Bob Thurman 931
  • 10 José Cruz Sr. 914

[edit] Doubles

  • 1 Luis Marquez 235
  • 2 José A. Pagán 174
  • 3 Juan J. Beníquez 165
  • 4 Vic Power 155
  • 4 Saturnino "Nino" Escalera 155
  • 6 Carlos Bernier 151
  • 7 Bob Thurman 149
  • 8 Jerry Morales 146
  • 9 José M. Morales 145
  • 10 Ramón L. "Wito" Conde 141
  • 10 Willie Montanez 141
  • 10 José Cruz Sr. 141

[edit] Triples

  • 1 Carlos Bernier 85
  • 2 Luis Marquez 66
  • 2 Saturnino "Nino" Escalera 66
  • 4 Bob Thurman 61
  • 5 Juan E. "Tetelo" Vargas 56
  • 6 Vic Power 38
  • 6 Sandy Alomar Sr. 38
  • 8 Luis Olmo 35
  • 9 José Cruz Sr. 33
  • 10 Pedro "Perucho" Cepeda 31

[edit] Stolen Bases

  • 1 Carlos Bernier 286
  • 2 Luis Marquez 217
  • 3 Sandy Alomar Sr. 168
  • 4 Henry Cotto 154
  • 5 José Cruz Sr. 152
  • 5 Ivan de Jesús Sr. 152
  • 7 Juan E. "Tetelo" Vargas 138
  • 8 Saturnino "Nino" Escalera 126
  • 9 Joe Cristopher 125
  • 10 Gil Flores 124

[edit] Wins

  • 1 Rubén Gómez 174
  • 2 Juan Pizarro 157
  • 3 Luis Arroyo 110
  • 4 José "Pants" Santiago 107
  • 5 Luis R. Cabrera 105
  • 6 Julio Navarro 98
  • 7 Cefo Conde 87
  • 8 Rafael Ortiz 85
  • 9 Roberto Vargas 84
  • 10 Tomás "Panchardón" Quiñones 82

[edit] Strikeouts

  • 1 Juan Pizarro 1,804
  • 2 Rubén Gómez 1,390
  • 3 Julio Navarro 994
  • 4 José "Pants" Santiago 976
  • 5 Luis Arroyo 942
  • 6 Luis R. Cabrera 785
  • 7 Roberto Vargas 632
  • 8 José "Palillo" Santiago 615
  • 9 Francisco J. Oliveras 557
  • 10 Dan Bankhead 555

[edit] ERA

  • 1 Juan Pizarro 2.51
  • 2 José "Palillo" Santiago 2.84
  • 3 Julio Navarro 2.94
  • 4 Rubén Gómez 2.97
  • 5 Luis Arroyo 3.04
  • 6 José "Pants" Santiago 3.06
  • 7 Tomás "Panchardón" Quiñones 3.31
  • 8 Luis R. Cabrera 3.43
  • 9 Florentino Rivera 3.62
  • 10 Cefo Conde 3.70

[edit] Saves

  • 1 Saul Rivera 76
  • 2 José Alberro 54
  • 3 Fernando Cabrera 53
  • 4 Juan Carlos Romero 46
  • 5 Edward Buzachero 44
  • 6 Shawn Hollman 39
  • 7 Roberto Hernández 36
  • 7 Richard J. Rodríguez 36
  • 9 Ramón Hernández 35
  • 10 Randy Bockus 32


[edit] .400 Hitters Club


[edit] From Puerto Rico to Cooperstown

List of persons who saw action in Puerto Rico and were inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

  • 1. Rogers Hornsby (Ponce-manager)-1942
  • 2. Roy Campanella (Caguas, Santurce & San Juan)-1969
  • 3. Satchel Paige (Guayama & Santurce)-1971
  • 4. Sandy Koufax (Caguas)-1972
  • 5. Joshua Gibson (Santurce)-1972
  • 6. Buck Leonard (Mayagüez)-1972
  • 7. Monte Irvin (San Juan)-1973
  • 8. Roberto Clemente (Santurce, Caguas & San Juan)-1973
  • 9. Willie Mays (Santurce)-1979
  • 10. Bob Gibson (Santurce)-1981
  • 11. Hank Aaron (Caguas)-1982
  • 12. Frank Robinson (Ponce-player & Santurce-manager)-1982
  • 13. Ray Dandridge (Santurce)-1987
  • 14. Johnny Bench (San Juan)-1989
  • 15. Jim Palmer (Santurce)-1990
  • 16. Ferguson Jenkins (Caguas)-1991
  • 17. Reggie Jackson (Santurce)-1993
  • 18. Steve Carlton (Ponce)-1994
  • 19. Leon Day (Aguadilla y Santurce)-1995
  • 20. Mike Schmidt (Caguas)-1995
  • 21. Earl Weaver (Santurce Manager)-1996
  • 22. Jim Bunning (Caguas Manager)-1996
  • 23. Tom Lasorda (Mayagüez, Santurce & Caguas)-1997
  • 24. Phil Niekro (Arecibo)-1997
  • 25. Willie Wells (Aguadilla)-1997
  • 26. Larry Doby (San Juan)-1998
  • 27. Orlando Cepeda (Santurce)-1999
  • 28. Robin Yount (Santurce)-1999
  • 29. Tony Pérez (Santurce)-2000
  • 30. Sparky Anderson (San Juan manager)-2000
  • 31. Hilton Smith (Ponce)-2001
  • 32. Eddie Murray (Caguas)-2002
  • 33. Gary Carter (Caguas)-2002
  • 34. Wade Boggs (Bayamón) -2005
  • 35. Willard Brown (Santurce)-2006
  • 36. Raymond Brown (San Juan, Santurce & Ponce)-2006
  • 37. Judd Wilson (Humacao)-2006
  • 38. Cal Ripken Jr. (Caguas)-2007
  • 39. Tony Gwynn (Bayamon & San Juan)-2007
  • 40. Rich Goosage (Ponce)-2008
  • 41. Ricky Henderson (Ponce)-2009
  • 42. Roberto Alomar (Caguas, Ponce, San Juan & Santurce)-2011
  • 43. Buck Canel-1985 (Ford C. Frick)
  • 44. Phil Rizzutto-1994 (San Juan radio commentator)
  • 45. Felo Ramírez-2001 (Ford C. Frick)
  • 46. Bob Uecker (Arecibo-player) 2003 (Ford C. Frick)
  • 47. Oscar Charleston-1976 (Umpire)
  • 48. Nestor Chyalk-1999 (Umpire)
  • 49. Doug Harvey-2010 (Umpire)

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