|No. of teams||6 (first half)
4 (second half)
|Country|| United States
Conceived as an official Triple-A minor league 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 the respected Roberto Maduro, former owner of the Triple-A Havana Sugar Kings and a longtime scout and front-office executive active in Latin American and Major League Baseball. The six teams were located in the United States, Panama, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. They were:
- Caracas Metropolitanos
- Panama Banqueros (based in Panama City)
- Puerto Rico Boricuas (based in San Juan
- Petroleros de Zulia (based in Maracaibo, VEN)
- Miami Amigos
- Santo Domingo Azucareros.
A 130-game regular season was planned. The league featured several well-known MLB veterans, with rosters averaging players between 26-29 years of age.
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."
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.
|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
|Panama Banqueros||15||36||.294||25½||Willy Miranda|
|Puerto Rico Boricuas||16||39||.291||26½||José Santiago|
Prominent Major-League veterans who played in the IAL
- Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles (1997). Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball. Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-96-371898-3