The conquest of the interior

The baseball arrived at the interior of the country opening step with the security of that one knows conqueror by charm. 

Everything indicates that La Vega was the first population of the interior of the island that knew this sport in the 1890 decade, it is not dated exactly, also carried by a Cuban, Samuel Mendoza Ponce de León, who had arrived in that city with the task of building a building that is known as La Casa de Piedra.

In Santiago Andrés Pastoriza Valverde is credited with having taught the fundamentals of the game for the first time at the beginning of the 20th century. He came from the United States, where he was studying. Now, it was at 1903, exactly the August 19, when the first historically recognized match took place in that locality. They faced the New Jockey Club, as representative of the city of Yaque, and the Sport Club, of La Vega, which prompts to establish that this could be the first baseball encounter between two teams representing different communities. From the New Jockey Club arose the Blues and the Whites, that with their duels caused that the fanaticism by this sport was calandot gradually in all the strata of the population. Later, in 1912, the Inoa and Yaque teams were established in Santiago, who became fierce rivals and with their confrontations held every Sunday in the afternoon three quarters of a population that should be around ten thousand people.

Despite the precariousness of communication, baseball continued to inoculate its virus consistently on the Quisqueyan soil. In 1908 they began to play in the city of Baní; On December 15, 1910, the Macorís team was founded in San Pedro de Macorís; In Azua the Unión team was founded, chaired by AR Nanita, in that same year; and to the remote and utter valley of San Juan de la Maguana baseball arrived in 1911, led by Carlos Marranzini and Felipe Collado, who were studying in the United States and Puerto Rico, respectively. Baseball was introduced throughout the country and the human resources it generated accelerated the development of this activity in the following years.

Taken from the book See you on the play! Baseball and Culture in the Dominican Republic, by the essayist Tony Piña

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