If a sport is linked to the history of Puebla, it’s called baseball.
From 1944, as the first Mexican League champion with the 74th Regiment (1925), Puebla was two years old from returning to the professional firmament under the tutelage of Don Castor Montoto.
That team played in the old and disappeared parque Puebla, which was located in front of what is now the Municipal Pantheon, and already in its ranks counted on the spectacular novice Veracruz Roberto “Beto” Ávila, the same one that after five campaigns with the population, took the leap to the best ball in the world for years after becoming the first latino to win the batting title in the Big Tent with Cleveland (1954).
” It was the ‘boom’ of baseball in Puebla, “recalls José Valverde” Pepe Grillo“, who recalls how one day his uncle told him that the nickname of Paricos was born because when he saw the players dressed in uniform with live greens, some amateur shouted”Look, they look parakeet.”
The popular porrista poblano from the age of 10 was already going to parque Puebla to join the famous porra de San Antonio-which exists to this day-to support the Greens.
Since that time the constant ires and venires de Puebla began in the professional ball. The franchise played its last campaign in 1948, and the fans spent a long time without their favorite show of those times.
In this second stage of the professional baseball, Puebla played his last season in the Mexican League in 1948, in what would be his farewell to the park Puebla, which after a time disappeared in a fire, and four years after the opening of the Olympic stadium and Zaragoza, with capacity for 22 thousand fans, the lack of baseball, summer, Puebla dabbled in the Winter League Veracruzana, which are played between October and January to the pair of the Mexican League of the Pacific.
It was then that the textile factories, whose owners were great lovers of the king of Sports, appeared, and at the same time their factory had its baseball field for its workers to practice their favorite sport.
Thus, factories such as Constancia, María, Beneficencia (in Pueblo Nuevo), Economica, Mayorazgo, among many more, had their sports venues.
“In Puebla, a tremendous amateur ball was played,” says Dr. Jaime Cervantes, a historian of populous baseball.
“Over the years, specifically in the late 90’s, the urban sprawl absorbed it all, and currently only the park Atoyac is maintained in activity yet, although there are many fields where still playing ball, but as the years between 50 and 80, I never!”, stress.
The great old man Aurelio
It was precisely in 1968 that, at the age of 20, the pitcher poblano Aurelio López, born in Tecamachalco, Puebla, debuted with the Red Devils of Mexico, and who to date is the greatest baseball player the state has ever given.
Tremendous pitcher. He arrived early, remembers Cervantes.
Aurelio had a first Major League incursion in 1974 with Kansas City, but returned to Liga Mexicana to return in 1978 with San Luis and the following year moved to Detroit, where he won his only World Series in 1984 with the Tigers. When he returned to Puebla, the government paid him an impressive tribute.
Aurelio played eleven years in Major Leagues, the last in 1987 with the Houston Astros. He devoted himself to politics and died in an unfortunate accident in 1992, at the age of 44.
Twenty-nine years later, in 2016, César Vargas, another popular pitcher who graduated from the Zaragoza League, launched seven games with the parents of San Diego, unable to win any way out.
The tittle green
In 1960, Pericos returned to Liga Mexicana, through the purchase of the Tecolotes de Nuevo Laredo. The binomial of William Budib and Emilio Tame enters the quite and takes place the stadium Ignacio Zaragoza, where three years later, in 1963, with Tony Castaño in charge, the Perics conquer the pennant of the circuit.
The team changed owners in 1966, with Manuel Barbachano Ponce, who took the franchise to his native Mérida, Yucatán, at the end of the 1969 campaign.
” And again we’re out of professional ball, ” recalls Olivares. “But three years later, in 1972, the Budib returned them to us again.”
In that pause was born the children’s and Youth League Ignacio Zaragoza, which works to this day with more than 120 teams.
In 1972 the construction of the Hermanos Serdán Stadium was announced, very close to the Cuauhtémoc Stadium, and a year later it was inaugurated to become the new home of baseball.