First References in “The Sporting News”: The Caribbean

One of the great perks of SABR membership is access online to The Sporting News’ archives. While it now is dedicated to all sports, for a good chunk of it’s earlier history it was almost entirely focused on baseball. This allows us to see how players, ideas, teams and even countries first got the attention of the baseball press. So, similar to my article on the first references to Japanese baseball, here’s a look at the first references to baseball in the Caribbean in the Sporting News archives…. just in time for the Caribbean World Series in February!

(go below the jump for the article)

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Continuum Global News (April 4, 2013)

The latest in International Baseball News:

In Japan’s “Spring Koshien”, Urawa Gakuin won the tournament. The “Spring Koshien”, unlike the “Summer Koshien”, is a invitational tournament and isn’t as prestigious, but is still shown on television and is a source of pride to the participants.

It’s still very early in the NPB season, but here’s how the standings there look right now:

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In Korea, the standings so far look like this (taken from MyKBO):

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I cannot find CPBL standings as of right now- if you know where I can find them, let me know.

Meanwhile, in Europe, Leon Boyd of the Dutch National Team (one of the very few “passport players” on the Kingdom of the Netherlands- his mother is Dutch) has signed with Correndon Kinheim.

And that will be it for today, but come back tomorrow for more Continuum Global News.

In the days and weeks ahead, this feature will be more fleshed-out and substantial, so please be patient as I work to make this one of the spots to go to for international baseball news.