The Shankees Baseball Organization (SBO) was founded in October 2008 when American author Paul Perry and American photographer John Harris thought it might be a good idea to create an All-American baseball team in Buenos Aires.
A few weeks later, the team of only eight Expats and one Canadian entered a local baseball tournament and performed exceptionally well. The players became friends and the team gave new meaning to the word “Yanqui”.
The Buenos Aires Shankees made their official debut in the Liga Metropolitana de Beisbol on Saturday April 4th, 2009 at the Estadio Nacional de Beisbol in Ezeiza and became the first-ever USA team in Argentine baseball history. Since then, over three hundred Expats have passed through the ranks and experienced baseball in Buenos Aires.
Over the years, team President, Paul Perry and the Shankee Front office, have helped pave the way for other expat teams, such as the all Cuban Almendares, the Dominican Cardenales, the Venezuelan Criollos, and the already established Japanese association teams, La Plata and Nichia, all of whom compete against the Buenos Aires Shankees in the Liga Metropolitana´s A2 and A1 divisions; something that makes playing baseball in Buenos Aires an experience like no other.
At present, the Shankees Baseball Organization, along with Manager Jay Bartelli, are more committed than ever to helping baseball grow in Buenos Aires, through an array of opportunities for players and aficionados from around the world, keeping in line with Perry’s vision of turning Argentina into the next South American hub for international baseball. Go Shankees!!
To learn more about Buenos Aires Baseball, contact: Team President & Founder Paul Perry @ +54.11.5502.0412