Leones del Caracas

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Leones del Caracas
Caracas Lions
Leones del Caracas Logo
League: Liga Venezolana de Béisbol Profesional
Founding: May 10, 1942
First Season: 1946
City: Caracas, Distrito Capital
Stadium: Estadio Universitario de Caracas
League Titles: 20
  1947/1948, 1948/1949,1951/1952, 1952/1953, 1956/1957, 1961/1962, 1963/1964, 1966/1967, 1967/1968, 1972/1973, 1977/1978, 1979/1980, 1980/1981, 1981/1982, 1986/1987, 1987/1988, 1989/1990, 1994/1995, 2005/2006, 2009/2010
Serie del Caribe Titles: 2
  1982, 2006
Former Names: Cervecería Caracas (1946-1952)
Future Names:
President: Luis Ávila
General Manager: Juán Vicente Zerpa
Manager: Alfredo Pedrique

The Leones del Caracas ("Caracas Lions") are a Venezuelan winter league team that plays in the Liga Venezolana de Béisbol Profesional. The team was founded as Cervecería Caracas ("Caracas Brewery") in 1942. With sixteen championships, the most in league history, the Leones are the most successful and one of the most popular teams (along with Navegantes del Magallanes) in the country.

Cervecería was one of the league's most successful franchises in the league's early years winning three pennants and losing four finals. Two of its wins came against the Navegantes del Magallanes. In 1952, Cerveza Caracas sold its team to Pablo Morales and Oscar Prieto Ortiz and Estadio Universitario de Caracas was built. The Leones still uses the ballpark, which it shares with the Tiburones de La Guaira. As Caracas and Magallanes ended up 1st or 2nd for five consecutive seasons from 1947/1948 through 1952/1953, they became permanently linked to each other in a rivalry known as Los Eternos Rivales (The Eternal Rivals). This is by far the most heated rivalry not only in Venezuelan Baseball but all Venezuelan Sport, even being deemed by some foreign players from USA, Dominican Republic, and Venezuelan MLB players as the most heated rivalry in the world of Baseball.

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