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Baseball legend dies

Baseball legend Alcibiades Colon passed away in Valverde Mao yesterday morning, Monday, 15 February 2016.

Colon was born in Mao on 16 August 1919 and was a member of the national team that won the World Amateur Series in Nicaragua in 1950. He then joined the Tigres del Licey and delivered the first hit at the Quisqueya Stadium versus Donald Leston on 23 October 1955.

In January 1948 he was due to fly from Santiago to Barahona with the rest of the baseball team and he travelled to Santiago to train with his teammates and then to take the flight. However, the day before the trip he changed his mind as he had no money and did not think it wise to travel without a cent in his pockets. He returned to Mao and on 11 January 1948 he learned that the airplane had crashed on its way back from Barahona. Thirty-two people representing Santiago Baseball Club were killed in the crash, including players, managers and fans as well as the crew.

Colon went on to become a baseball legend and was honored in the Dominican Sports Hall of Fame.

Source: DR1, Elcaribe

Feb 16, 2016

Category: DR News |

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