Before we launch into the 1872 season, a quick shout-out to the real heroes of the autumn and winter: the athletes who got hurt in ways we found funny.
As the league took on earth-shaking changes for its second season, the Fundadores prepared to meet a longer, harder campaign—with a little unexpected help.
It’s down to the final two teams for the first year of the torneo—and neither one expected to get this far.
The job of the Serie Preliminar complete, the first postseason teams of the Liga Nacional move into the Eliminatoria and Interdivisional. It’s serious now.
As the 1871 season ends, thirty-two teams—forty percent of the league—advance into a second, even weirder, experiment. This is the story of the first torneo.
There’s nothing like a met expectation, and if Ángel Venegas was going to salvage anything from this season, it was knowing that he’d done exactly what he was predicted to do—with four games left to go.
The arrival of Agustín Espinosa, with whom we’ll spend time later on, brings interesting ideas into the Rincón clubhouse. Will they turn the season around?
The late season is upon the Ingenieros, and a mysterious stranger appears. Does he promise help for a turnaround? No. Not exactly, anyway.
Rincón, as part of the La Milicia region, gains an unlikely cheerleader—both because he doesn’t live in town, and because who would cheer on this team?
As the Ingenieros headed into their second week, they had attained a unique distinction—and not a positive one. To improve on it, they’d have to work fast.