Alomar & Delgado as bookends on the 1995 Puerto Rico Dream Team
As Puerto Rico is still alive and kicking in the World Baseball Classic, I thought I’d post these pictures from los Senadores de San Juan (Senators). What a batting lineup!
As the Caribbean Series was being staged in San Juan in 1995, the local Senadores put together a superteam. They won the Puerto Rican winter league championship and kept on rolling through the Caribbean Series, going 6-0, including a 16-0 rout of the Dominicans in which they recorded 17 hits off of Pedro Martinez.
Carlos Delgado was the catcher for this team (he had caught 41 games at AAA Syracuse in 1994), and Roberto Alomar ended up the MVP, batting .560 (14 for 25) with 10 RBIs.
I first learned about this team in an interesting book I picked up at the WBC in San Juan, called HIram Bithorn: Vision, Icon and Stadium (top pic is from the book). It’s a great place to watch a ballgame; I love the jagged roof, and the fans are passionate. I had the pleasure of pleasure of meeting a couple of the contributing writers (both SABR members), Jorge Fidel Lopez, and Angel Colon Molina, as well as David Bithorn, the nephew of Hiram Bithorn. Hiram, a pitcher, was the first Puerto Rican in the major leagues, playing for the Cubs and White Sox from 1942-47. He was heralded nationally, and unfortunately met a very tragic ending in unusual circumstances in Mexico at the age of 35.
(photo of Alomar with trophy via ESPN Deportes)