Lobos de Arecibo
() are a professional baseball
team in the Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League
, based in Arecibo
. The Lobos won the 1983 national baseball championship and the 1983 Caribbean World Series
, the only time the franchise won both titles.
During their successful run in the 1980s, the Lobos
prospect Dickie Thon
, then also of the Houston Astros
, on their roster. Thon then suffered a life-threatening and career-affecting eye injury during an Astros game in 1984.
The Lobos won the national baseball championship again in 1996, a team that included Philadelphia Phillies catcher Mike Lieberthal; but performed poorly in the Caribbean series, which was won in Mexico by the Tomateros de Culiacán
The Lobos ceased operation in 1999.
Return of the Lobos
After six years without the team, Arecibo saw the return of the Lobos in 2005. The team had spent that time in various cities, under names like the San Juan Senators
and even one year with the historic moniker of the Cangrejeros de Santurce
. But for the 2005-2006 season, the team was acquired by a sports-loving local doctor who, with his fellow townsfolk in mind, returned the team to its rightful place.
Facing only 28 days in which to prepare the Luis Rodriguez Olmo stadium for play after six years of neglect, the citizens of Arecibo, together with state and local officials, performed what has been known as the "Milagro Lobo" or the miracle of the wolf, returning its infrastructure to more... Read More