“Any team can have a bad century.”


Baseball famously treats its relics—whether well into their eternal rest, tense with coiled anticipation in dugouts, or, in particularly misguided cases, seldom-patrolled outfield corners—with more respect than any other sport. It is no surprise, then, that there is a staggering amount of detailed record-keeping from the beginnings of the professional era.

In particular, the almanaqueros of the Liga Nacional Puertorriqueña, whose multitude and labor was part of what set the league apart from its predecessors and contemporaries from the start, made it their business to provide the fans of future generations with everything they could want to know. After much combing through various offices and records houses across the island, we present the results of their work in a more accessible format.

Early Period (1871-1900)