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Louis Castro -- first Latin player

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  • #16
    Luis Castro

    I am new to the board, I am very interested in early latin baseball history and I was wondering if there is any updated information on Luis Castro? I was looking for a birth certificate for him and have yet to uncover anything in the New York area where according to SABR he was born. Any new information out there?



    • #17
      Arellanes had several brothers who were prominant players on the Pacific Coast around the turn of the last century. Following his major league days he got caught up and arrested in a scandal involving several other PCL players in which they were charged with running in a child prostitution ring. I don't know much about it other than running across a few mentions of it in eithe TSN or more likely Sporting Life.
      I don't have lot other than these notes.

      Sporting Life, October 10, 1914. He was arrested in Portland along with several other PCL players and charged with "wholesale traffic of schoolgirls, ages 14-16."

      Sporting Life, November 21, 1914. He was found not guilty of the charges.


      • #18
        Nice recent article on Castro

        The mystery still remains: what was Castro doing after 1917 (when my newspaper search lost track of him) and the time he passed away.

        I'm still trying to hunt down his origins in Colombia too.


        • #19
          Louis Castro

          I have put together a small and unfortunataly unprofessional website regarding the first latin major league player I have found some great details on his life and I am putting together a book on Castro, I hope to have it out sometime next year. He is an interesting man, who is undoubtably the first latin to play Major League baseball.

          I am very excited about giving Louis the acclaim he deserves!



          • #20
            Luis Castro , the First ?

            Nicolás :
            I am very glad you are writing on Luis . Did you check on Bellán , and Navas ? They certainly played before Luis . The assumptions are :
            1 ) Bellán played in a league that is not considered " major " by many . Others ( including MLB ) do consider the Union Association a Major League . The UA was the first pro league in our sport , even thought they were not " organized " as MLB calls many other leagues . It certainly has brought up a sea of discussion .
            2 ) Navas - Nobody knows for sure where he was born , and then California just became a member of the States after his birth . People from that era , and from that area got their birth certificate in México City . No lights on this matter in the San Francisco Demographic Register . One thing is clear : his mother was a native of Durango , México . Legally he could have claim to be a mexican .
            On my list of caribeño players ( 1,317 from 15 different countries ) Bellán is still the first with Vicente being the second and Luis the third .


            • #21
              Clearing the water

              I think you have summed up the reason there is no much confusion and the reason Louis has not received the praise he deserves. As long as it is viewed as a debate or discussion the fact that Louis was the first Latin to play the game will never be clear.

              Major league baseball made a concise decision on the NA stats, that they would not count. The league was founded as an amatuer league. You can no more count those stats than you could any other amatuer league of the time. The facts are the facts, the National Assco. teams are not and have never been part of Major League baseball. I say this not to slight Esteban, but to clear up a matter that needs to be clear for the sake of Latin Baseball history.

              In regards to Nava, based on my genological research he was not a full blooded Latino. He was not even a majority Latino. Again, I say this not to slight Sandy but to be clear.

              Louis was 100% Latino(I can prove that), Louis played for the Philadelphia A's(a major League team). Those facts are clear. The debate on this subject has raged long enough. It is time to clean up our history...

              Nick Martinez


              • #22
                Nicolás :
                Pls , excuse my ignorance , What is a full blooded Latino ? If my mother was a mexican born person , then i am not latino ? I do not understand this .
                The National Association started as an amateur league , that's true , but didn't it become a pro league in 1871 ? But in terms of MLB , pls let me know where i can find their decision on the NA . I would really appreciate it .
                Again thanks for bringing up the importance of the caribeños in the Majors .


                • #23

                  Sorry for the delay in posting, with two kids and a wife computer time on the weekends is pretty scarce.

                  My hope in making this effort is to unite, not to divide. So hopefully you will be open to the facts and we can right the wrong when it comes to this subject.

                  In regards to your question regarding the National Association on the internet you can find many sites that state it was or was not part of Major League Baseball. The only opinion that officially matters is Major League Baseballs opinion, Elias ( is in charge of current and historical statistics for MLB. They and the commissioner of Baseball decided not to count the stats for the NA, for many reasons including influence of gambling, dominance of one team in the league and lack of enforcement of the rules of the game. Though you can find little on the web, feel free to call them at 1-212-869-1530 and they will be happy to confirm that the NA was not and is not part of Major League Baseball. This eliminates Bellan from any factual claim to being the First Latino to ever play the game.

                  When it comes to Nava, again a touchy subject for many. We are getting into what percentage of persons race makes them Latin. From a traditional sense many people say the race of the mother determines the race of the child. Sandy was an American born Californian of mixed race. I am sure there was a number of players who had mixed (Mexican & Caucasian) blood who played early in the league (Nava was bold enough to keep his Latin name). If Jackie Robinson were half white, would he be considered the first black player in the modern era to play Major League Baseball?

                  Have I convinced you, I think it is important that there is clarity. Louis is the real deal!