“It was the first time in my life that I felt free,” adds Irvin.
“We could go anywhere we wanted, eat anywhere we wanted, do anything we wanted and not have to worry about anything.
Martin Dihigo carried the team to the championship in 19.
The Mexico City Agrario team, archrival to the Aguila club, countered by signing Satchel Paige, the greatest black American pitcher of the time, who in 1938 became the first African American to play in the Mexican League.
To do this, he strengthened his relationship with the Cuban League, which played in the winter, to guarantee that his stars could work all year long.
Under Pasquel’s leadership the Mexican leagues thrived.
White Latino players like Roberto Ortiz, Luis Rodríguez Olmo, Adrián Zabala, Salvador Hernández, Tomás de la Cruz, and several others did the same. He offered blank contracts to superstars such as Ted Williams, Bob Feller and Joe Di Maggio so the players could name their price.
Jorge Pasquel had essentially declared war on the U. They ultimately refused to jump to Mexico, but Pasquel had shown his hand.
His master plan was to have major league caliber baseball in Mexico during the summer season.
Several American newspapers carried regular coverage of what was happening in Mexico.
The Major Leagues saw Jorge Pasquel as a real threat, and took action.
The 1946 season of the Mexican League was a dream come true.
On March 21, Mexican President Manuel Avila Camacho threw the first pitch of the first truly integrated baseball league in the world.