This isn’t a 1960s’ topic, but it isn’t card-related either so I have nowhere else to post it but here.
Recently I posted a few players
who wound up their careers
in the Inter-American League in 1979, so I decided to dig a little deeper into this short-lived minor league.
The league began play in 1979 as a triple-A league, with teams in Miami and 5 other locations in the Caribbean. The fact that the teams were unaffiliated with major-league teams, plus the Caribbean weather, multi-national air travel (and visas), and just being poorly-funded in general all contributed to the collapse of the league by June 30th.
These were the 6 teams, with their records and position in the standings when the league folded:
1. Miami Amigos (51-21)
2. Caracas Metropolitanos (37-27)
3. Santo Domingo Azucaeros (38-29)
4. Maricaibo Petroleros de Zulia (31-36)
5. Panama Banqueros (15-36)*
6. Puerto Rico Baricuas (16-39)*
*these two dropped out on June 17th
was managed by Davey Johnson
, and included major-league alumni Orlando Pena
, Hal Breeden, Wayne Granger, Mickey Scott, Mike Wallace, Porfi Altamirano, Bob Reynolds, and Oscar Zamora.
was managed by Jim Busby, with players such as Cesar Tovar
, Tom House, Butch Metzger, and Remy Hermoso.
was managed by Mike Kekich, and included Cito Gaston
, Tito Fuentes
, Johnny Jeter, Dave May, Dick Pole, Dave Wallace, and Fred Andrews.
was managed by Pat Dobson
, Gus Gil, and hometown guy Luis Aparicio
, and included Angel Bravo
and Mike Stanton.
was managed by Chico Salmon
, with “name” players like Adolfo Phillips
, Ramon Webster
, and Lee Richard.
was managed by Jose Santiago
, and featured Bobby Tolan
, Bobby Brown, Angel Mangual, and Leo Foster.