The first recorded baseball game in Mexico took place on July 4, 1889 near Monterey. The semi-pro Mexican League was founded in 1925. It became fully professional in 1940. Mexican industrialist Jorge Pasquel was the prime mover behind the professionalization of the Mexican League. He acquired controlling interest in the Veracruz Azules (Blues) in 1940 and moved it to Mexico City. Pasquel lured Josh Gibson away from the Homestead Grays by paying him $2,000.00 more than his Gray salary. In 1941 Gibson put on a batting display unequaled in Mexican League annals. He hit 33 home runs, 124 RBI’s and had a .374 average in the 94 game summer season. With Gibson leading the way, the Veracruz team won the pennant and is considered to be the best team to have played in the Mexican League. In addition to Gibson, Veracruz had Ray “Talua” Dandridge, Willie Wells, Lazaro Salazar and Barney Brown.
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