Tiburones de La Guaira

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Tiburones de La Guaira
La Guaira Sharks
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League: Liga Venezolana de Béisbol Profesional
Founding: 1962
First Season: 1962/1963
City: La Guaira, Vargas (nominally)
Caracas, Distrito Capital (actual)
Stadium: Estadio Universitario de Caracas
League Titles: 7
  1964/1965, 1965/1966, 1968/1969, 1970/1971, 1982/1983, 1984/1985, 1985/1986
Serie del Caribe Titles: 0
Former Names: Patriotas de Venezuela (1946-1953)

Licoreros de Pampero (1955-1962)

Future Names:
President: Francisco Arocha Hernández
General Manager: Leonardo Campins
Manager: Marco Antonio Davalillo

The Tiburones de La Guaira are a Venezuelan winter league team that plays in the Liga Venezolana de Béisbol Profesional. The team was founded in 1955 as Pampero and would reamain under that banner until 1962. Even though the team's name suggests that it plays in the coastal city of La Guaira, the team plays at Estadio Universitario de Caracas in Caracas which it shares with the Leones del Caracas.

In 1962 the club's owner, industrialist Alexander Hernández ,sold the team to manager José Antonio Casanova for a symbolic sum of one bolivar. However, Casanova did not have the money to support the team and so he needed some financial support. He found this in some coastal businessmen: José Antonio Díaz, Pablo Díaz, Mario Gómez, Manuel Malpica, and Jesús Morales Valarino.

In the team's first season, the Tiburones went 23-19 but did not make to the semi-final series. In only the team's third season, they made it to the Finals, which they won versus the Leones. Over the next ten seasons, the team won four titles and was a runner-up on three occasions. During the mid-1980s the team also had another string of success, led by a group of players known as "La Guerrilla", winning three titles in four years. Despite having seven titles, the Tiburones have not won a Serie del Caribe. The team was later bought by Guillermo Gómez, Héctor Hoffman, and Pedro Padrón Panza whose son, Pedro Padrón Jr. is the current owner.

The Tiburones have a rivalry with the Leones del Caracas, partly because both teams share the same stadium. Ironically, in 1975, due to both teams having differences with the Universidad Central de Venezuela regarding the rent of Estadio Universitario, they merged and played in Acarigua as Llaneros de Portuguesa for the 1975/1976 season; the team was known as Tibuleones in popular culture. After one season as the Llaneros, both teams reached an agreenment with the Universidad Central de Venezuela and resumed activities with the teams' original names and rosters.

The Tiburones are also presumed to have the most popular fan group of all Venezuelan sport, known as "La Samba", as this group perfoms this Brazilian rhythmn during the team's home games

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