Cangrejeros de Santurce (baseball)

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Cangrejeros de Santurce is a professional baseball team based in Santurce, the largest barrio of San Juan, Puerto Rico.wikipedia
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Roberto Clemente

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The 1954–55 Cangrejeros, nicknamed Panic Squad, was the team's most notable roster, with a lineup that included hall of famers Roberto Clemente and Willie Mays.
Clemente's professional baseball career began when Pedrín Zorilla offered Clemente, 18, a contract which he signed on October 9, 1952, with the Cangrejeros de Santurce, a winter league team and franchise of the Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League (LBBPR).

Hiram Bithorn Stadium

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The Cangrejeros most recently played its home games at Hiram Bithorn Stadium, in the municipality of San Juan.
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.

Caribbean Series

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Having played for over 70 years, the Cangrejeros have won twelve national titles and five Caribbean Series.

Josh Gibson

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The league's rules allowed the inclusion of three foreign reinforcements, Zorilla contracted Negro leaguers Billy Byrd, Josh Gibson and Dick Seay to fill these spaces.
Gibson served as the first manager of the Santurce Crabbers, one of the most historic franchises of the Puerto Rico Baseball League.

Don Zimmer

After sweeping their series, the team did not sign any reinforcement prior to the Caribbean Series, being the first time that a team had done so. Five players were included in the event's All-Star lineup, Don Zimmer carried the MVP and the Cangrejeros received a special trophy for winning three Caribbean championships.
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.

Juan Pizarro (baseball)

Juan Pizarro
The Cangrejeros signed seven new players for the 1955-56 season, including Orlando Cepeda, José Pagán and Juan Pizarro.
He began his baseball career in 1955 in Puerto Rico as a pitcher for the Cangrejeros de Santurce.

Orlando Cepeda

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The Cangrejeros signed seven new players for the 1955-56 season, including Orlando Cepeda, José Pagán and Juan Pizarro.
His first contact with professional baseball was as a bat boy for the Santurce Crabbers of Puerto Rico.

Estadio Sixto Escobar

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Previous home fields include the Sixto Escobar Stadium near Old San Juan, as well as the Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium in Bayamón.
The Cangrejeros de Santurce of the professional Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente moved out to the newly constructed Hiram Bithorn Stadium in 1962.

Bill Byrd

Billy Byrd
The league's rules allowed the inclusion of three foreign reinforcements, Zorilla contracted Negro leaguers Billy Byrd, Josh Gibson and Dick Seay to fill these spaces.
Byrd also saw action with the Criollos de Caguas and Cangrejeros de Santurce clubs of the Puerto Rico Winter League, where he was considered one of the best hurlers.

Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente

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The franchise joined the Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente when it was the semi-professional Liga de Béisbol Semi-Profesional de Puerto Rico.

Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Cangrejeros de Santurce is a professional baseball team based in Santurce, the largest barrio of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The district also has a baseball and a basketball team both known as the Santurce Crabbers (Cangrejeros de Santurce) because of the original name of the township.

Bob Thurman

Other imports included Clarkson, Bob Thurman and George Crowe.
Thurman also played winter ball in Puerto Rico for twelve seasons, eleven with the Cangrejeros de Santurce and one with the Leones de Ponce.

Satchel Paige

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The Cangrejeros finished in the third place in 1947-48, despite signing Satchel Paige and Rubén Gómez and Brown winning the league's triple-crown.
On November 5, Paige pitched a shutout against rival Santurce, which featured player-manager Josh Gibson, by a lopsided score of 23 to 0.

Tetelo Vargas

Juan Vargas
Ponce went on to win the following two championships with the Cangrejeros finishing in the second place, Félix Andrade and Alfonso Gerard won Rookie of the Year awards for Santurce, while Tetelo Vargas won the league's batting title in 1943-44.
He went on to play with the Guayama Witches and the Santurce Crabbers before heading to the Mexican winter baseball league in 1952.

George Crowe

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Other imports included Clarkson, Bob Thurman and George Crowe.
He also played winter ball with the Cangrejeros de Santurce (Santurce Crabbers) of the Puerto Rico Professional Baseball League in 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 (Panic Squadron) which led the Crabbers to the league championship and eventually to win the Caribbean World Series.

Rubén Gómez (baseball)

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The Cangrejeros finished in the third place in 1947-48, despite signing Satchel Paige and Rubén Gómez and Brown winning the league's triple-crown.
Between 1947 and 1977, Gómez played 28 winter seasons with the Cangrejeros de Santurce and Vaqueros de Bayamón of the Puerto Rican league, setting league marks for a pitcher in wins (174) and ERA (2.97).

San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Cangrejeros de Santurce is a professional baseball team based in Santurce, the largest barrio of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The San Juan Senators and the Santurce Crabbers were the two major baseball teams in the city, winning the championship of the Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League a total of seventeen times.

Luis Olmo

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In 1942-43, Caguas lost its franchise and Santurce signed some of its players, including Luis Olmo, Sammy Céspedes and Manolo García.
Olmo earned Caribbean Series MVP honors, during the 1951 edition played in Caracas, after batting .416 and three homers, while powering the Cangrejeros de Santurce to the championship.

Pancho Coimbre

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In 1941-42, the Cangrejeros lost several close games, being unable to match Ponce, the team that won both halves led by Francisco Coimbre.
His last game was against the Cangrejeros de Santurce, where a wild pitch re-injured his knee, prompting Coimbre's decision to retire as an active player.

Tony Pérez

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Tony Pérez was selected the league's MVP, playing third base in a line up that included Cepeda, Gilberto Torres and Dave May.
Pérez also played winter ball for 10 seasons between 1964–65 and 1982-83 in the Puerto Rico Baseball League for the Santurce Crabbers (Cangrejeros de Santurce).

Félix Maldonado

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In the 1964–65 season, the team signed Marv Staehle to reinforce a team that included Geigel, Martín Beltrán and Félix Maldonado.
Maldonado's entry into professional baseball occurred in 1958 when Pedrin Zorrilla signed him with the Santurce Crabbers.

Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium

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Previous home fields include the Sixto Escobar Stadium near Old San Juan, as well as the Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium in Bayamón.

Buster Clarkson

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In 1952-53, the Cangrejeros employed Buster Clarkson as the player-manager.
It was at the age of 39, in early 1955, that he participated in the Caribbean Series, with the Santurce Crabbers.

Ed Figueroa

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Carlos Lezcano, Ed Figueroa, Guillermo Montañez and Jerry Morales were signed to the roster.
He also played winter ball with the Lobos de Arecibo, Criollos de Caguas and Cangrejeros de Santurce clubs of the Puerto Rico Baseball League.

Atenienses de Manatí

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In 2004, after a big decline in attendance in recent years, the Cangrejeros were sold to José Valentín, who decided to moved the team to Manatí, with the approval of the mayor of San Juan, causing controversy among fans of the Cangrejeros.
The Atenienses were owned by José Valentín and relocated to San Juan as the Cangrejeros de Santurce for the 2008–09 season.