Category Archives: Baseball players of Panama

The History of The Caribbean Series- Second Phase

Caribbean “World” Series logo. Image thanks to: baseballdeworld.com

Before we move ahead with relating the second phase of the history of the Caribbean Series, we just want to wish all our fathers a very Happy Father’s Day.  There are still many devoted, loving, and consecrated – yes, consecrated- men who take their roll as a father, whether they are the biological progenitor or not, very seriously and do a marvelous job at it.  May God shower His blessings upon you. Continue reading

The Fourth Caribbean Series of 1952 Held in Panama

Frank Austin from Negro League web site.

Carta Vieja 1952. Image is property of mearsonlineauctions.com for purchase information.

Puerto Rico Team1952 Caribbean World Series

The Puerto Rican team photo of 1952. Image is from Camden Depot.

By 1952 I was sixteen years old and in my second year at Instituto Nacional and struggling hard to remain in school long enough to graduate as well as staying away from the troubles in the streets of Panamá.  Trouble at home in the form of unsupportive women in my family was also a big sore spot for me- one that kept me always in a state of uncertainty so that, I had little time for such luxuries and diversions as baseball games.   Continue reading

Mariano Rivera- Mark the Perfect Man

Mariano Rivera, greatest all time Latin American pitcher.

We thought we would pause in our Chronicle to send hardy congratulations to our favorite all-time best pitcher from Latin America, Mariano Rivera as he not only achieved his record breaking 600th saved game but surpassed it to total 603 saved games two days ago.  He has been with the Yankees all of his professional life and we would say that Mariano is the best investment they ever made. Continue reading

Jonathan “Clyde” Parris- We Meet Again!

Here is Clyde Parris today in his Queens home. Both photos are thanks to Nicholas Diunte.

Here is Clyde Parris back in 1959.

A couple of days ago we were delighted to receive a valuable update on the life of an important figure in the athletic heritage of the Silver People of Panama.   We mentioned Jonathan “Clyde” Parris briefly in our article, “Baseball’s Roots in Panama.”  Thanks to Nick Diunte over at Yournabe.com we were treated to a newer and more personal look at the life and times of this extraordinary baseball player and all around athlete. Continue reading

Baseball’s Roots in Panama

A 1955 Topps card of Humberto Robinson when he pitched for the Milwaukee Braves.

by Lydia M. Reid

When we think of baseball in Panama today we immediately think of Mariano Rivera, Carlos Lee and other young professionals who have kept Panama on firm footing in the sport of baseball. There was a time, however, as with horseracing and boxing, that Panama’s participation in baseball was closely linked to the vigor and skill of the Westindian players dating as far back as the Panama Railroad and Canal construction days. These were the players that put Panama on the road to Baseball glory. Continue reading

Yankin

Our transformation into “Spanish” Panamanian Westindians was undoubtedly leaving its mark not only on kids like me but in the field of world labor relations. Westindian laborers had united with their Panamanian Spanish speaking counterparts to confront the mighty U.S. Army brass and the Panamanian political machinery that had traditionally collaborated until the mid 1920’s to stifle all laborers’ claims. Continue reading