Inter-American League

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Inter-American League
Sport Baseball
Founded 1978
Inaugural season 1979
No. of teams Six (first half)
Four (second half)
Country United States United States
Panama Panama
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic
Venezuela Venezuela
Ceased 1979
Founder Roberto Maduro
Official website None

The Inter-American League was a high-level circuit in Minor league baseball that lasted only three months before folding during the 1979 season.

The league was conceived both as an official Triple-A minor league circuit and member of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues. It was composed of six clubs unaffiliated with Major League Baseball farm systems.

The Inter-American loop was headed by Roberto Maduro, former owner of the Triple-A Havana Sugar Kings and a longtime scout and front-office executive active in Latin American countries and Major League Baseball.

A 130-game regular season was planned, while the six teams were located in the United States (2), Panama, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. The league featured several well-known MLB veterans, with rosters averaging players between 26-29 years of age.[1]

But the new circuit was barely able to complete half its schedule, fatally wounded by "under-capitalized owners, internecine rivalries among Caribbean baseball powers, tropical monsoons, and unreliable air travel."[2]

On June 17, 1979, the Panama and Puerto Rico teams disbanded, leaving the league with only four clubs. Thirteen days later, the entire league folded. The Miami Amigos, led by future Major League manager Davey Johnson, were in first place with a 51–21 mark (.708) when the Inter-American League shut down.[3]

List of teams[edit]

  • Caracas Metropolitanos (VEN)
  • Panama Banqueros (PAN)
  • Puerto Rico Boricuas (PUR)
  • Petroleros de Zulia (VEN)
  • Miami Amigos (USA)
  • Santo Domingo Azucareros (DOM)

Final standings[edit]

Clubs W L W/L %  GB   Managers
Miami Amigos 51 21   .708    –      Davey Johnson
Caracas Metropolitanos 37 27   .578   10   Jim Busby
Santo Domingo Azucareros 38 29   .567   10½   Mike Kekich
Petroleros de Zulia 31 36   .463   17½   Luis Aparicio
  Gustavo Gil
  Pat Dobson
Panama Banqueros 15 36   .294   25½   Willy Miranda
Puerto Rico Boricuas 16 39   .291   26½   José Santiago

Prominent players[edit]

References[edit]

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles (1997). Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball. Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-96-371898-3