Cangrejeros de Santurce (baseball)

Mookie Betts hits a pitch by swinging his bat

Professional baseball team based in Santurce, the largest barrio of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Bob Thurman

Professional baseball pitcher, outfielder and pinch-hitter.

Professional baseball pitcher, outfielder and pinch-hitter.

Thurman also played winter ball in Puerto Rico for twelve seasons, eleven with the Cangrejeros de Santurce and one with the Leones de Ponce.

Clemente in 1965

Roberto Clemente

Puerto Rican professional baseball right fielder who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Puerto Rican professional baseball right fielder who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Clemente in 1965
Clemente in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in September 1958.
Letter from State Senator John M. Walker to U.S. Senator Hugh Scott requesting an early release for Roberto Clemente from the Marine Corps for the 1959 season
A statue of Clemente outside of PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
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Clemente's professional baseball career began at age 18 when he accepted a contract from Pedrín Zorilla with Cangrejeros de Santurce ("Crabbers"), a winter league team and franchise of the Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League (LBPPR).

Paige c. 1948

Satchel Paige

American professional baseball pitcher who played in Negro league baseball and Major League Baseball (MLB).

American professional baseball pitcher who played in Negro league baseball and Major League Baseball (MLB).

Paige c. 1948
Paige (standing, 3rd from left) with the 1932 Pittsburgh Crawfords
Paige at the 1936 East–West All-Star Game
Paige (left) and Jackie Robinson in the uniform of the Kansas City Monarchs, 1945
Paige's 1949 Bowman Gum baseball card, during his tenure with the Indians
Paige's 1948 Leaf card

On November 5, Paige pitched a shutout against rival Santurce, which featured player-manager Josh Gibson, by a lopsided score of 23–0.

Zimmer as he appeared in a Bowman trading card, 1955

Don Zimmer

American infielder, manager, and coach in Major League Baseball (MLB).

American infielder, manager, and coach in Major League Baseball (MLB).

Zimmer as he appeared in a Bowman trading card, 1955
Zimmer in 1959
Zimmer with the Rays in 2009
Zimmer shaving in a commercial for Gillette razors, c. 1958

He also played winter baseball with the Elefantes de Cienfuegos and the Tigres de Marianao of the Cuban League during the 1952–53 season, as well as for the 1954–55 Puerto Rican League champion Cangrejeros de Santurce en route to the 1955 Caribbean Series.

Josh Gibson in 1931

Josh Gibson

American baseball catcher primarily in the Negro leagues.

American baseball catcher primarily in the Negro leagues.

Josh Gibson in 1931
A water tower in Buena Vista, Georgia, proudly proclaims the town to be the "Home of Josh Gibson".
Gibson (standing, center) with the 1932 Crawfords
Gibson's plaque in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Negro league baseball exhibit featuring Gibson's portrait at the Baseball Hall of Fame
1943 Homestead Grays

Gibson served as the first manager of the Cangrejeros de Santurce, one of the most historic franchises of the Puerto Rico Baseball League.

Cepeda with the Giants in 1962

Orlando Cepeda

Puerto Rican former Major League Baseball first baseman and a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Puerto Rican former Major League Baseball first baseman and a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Cepeda with the Giants in 1962
Cepeda in 1965
Cepeda in 2008

His first contact with professional baseball was as a bat boy for the Santurce Crabbers of Puerto Rico.

The stadium in 2006

Hiram Bithorn Stadium

Baseball park in San Juan, Puerto Rico, built in 1962 and designed by Puerto Rican architect Pedro Miranda.

Baseball park in San Juan, Puerto Rico, built in 1962 and designed by Puerto Rican architect Pedro Miranda.

The stadium in 2006
View of the stadium during a baseball game in 2010

Built in 1962, under the mayoral administration of Felisa Rincón de Gautier, replacing Estadio Sixto Escobar, the stadium is home to the Santurce Crabbers, of the Puerto Rico Baseball League.

Valentín with the New York Mets

José Valentín

Puerto Rican former American Major League Baseball infielder.

Puerto Rican former American Major League Baseball infielder.

Valentín with the New York Mets

In 2004 it was announced that Valentín bought the Santurce Crabbers, one of the most historic professional baseball franchises of the Puerto Rico Baseball League (formerly known as LBPPR).

Statue of Sixto Escobar at the stadium

Estadio Sixto Escobar

Multi-purpose stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Multi-purpose stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Statue of Sixto Escobar at the stadium
Boxer Sixto Escobar, in honor of whom the stadium was named in 1938

The Cangrejeros de Santurce of the professional Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente moved out to the newly constructed Hiram Bithorn Stadium in 1962.

George Crowe

American professional baseball player who appeared in 702 games in the major leagues as a first baseman and pinch hitter between and.

American professional baseball player who appeared in 702 games in the major leagues as a first baseman and pinch hitter between and.

Crowe also played winter ball with the Santurce Crabbers of the Puerto Rico Professional Baseball League during the 1954–55 season, where, as a teammate of Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Buster Clarkson and Bob Thurman, Crowe formed part of the Escuadron Del Panico (the "Panic Squadron") that led the Crabbers to the league and Caribbean World Series championships.