Congrejeros, one of the most
famous Puerto Rican winter league baseball teams; Founded in 1939 by Pedro “Pedrin”
Zorrilla, an executive with the Shell Oil Company. Zorrilla befriended Josh
Gibson, Satchel Paige, Leon Day and many other Negro Leaguers who brainstormed
in Puerto Rico during the mid-1930’s and lured them to play for his team.
Gibson, Willard “Ese Hombre” Brown and Bob “El Mucaro” Thurman would emerge as
the franchise’s top imports through the early 1950’s. Jim “Libertad” Lamarque
was a notable Crabber. Brown and Thurman led Santurce to its first league
championship in 1950-51 and to its first two Caribbean Series titles in 1951
and 1953. The 1954-55 team featured future MLB hall of famers, Roberto Clements and Willie Mays.
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