THE SHANKEES BASEBALL ORGANIZATION
The Shankees Baseball Organization (SBO) aims to bring the great game of baseball to the Local and Expat communities residing in Buenos Aires while striving to promote the sport throughout all of Argentina.
Over the years, the SBO has succeeded in raising baseball awareness through The Buenos Aires Shankees, a baseball team consisting of US Expats that competes in the Liga Metropolitana de Buenos Aires. Since 2009, more than three hundred expats have passed through the Shankee ranks and experienced, not only baseball, but also a cultural experience like no other.
Through the support of sponsors, family and friends, the SBO has been able to grow and thus help contribute to baseball by donating equipment to startup clubs within Argentina, i.e. Rawson Beisbol Club in Chubut, which today has an active baseball program. Locally, the SBO has helped pave the way for other expat teams such as the all Cuban Almendares, the Dominican Cardenales, the Venezuelan Criollos, all of whom compete against the Shankees in the local tournament. The Shankees are the reigning 2017 division champions after a 10-0 season and have more than ever, set the tone for quality baseball.
At present, the SBO is active working in underprivileged communities within Greater Buenos Aires by offering regular baseball training programs, with the aim of having a positive influence on the lives of not only the children who take part, but also the families involved. Anyone familiar with baseball knows that it is a sport that requires the instilling of wholesome moral values such as discipline, hard work, teamwork, and above all, respect for others. The positive effect on children and families has been overwhelming as the Buenos Aires Shankees represent a symbol of success that transcends beyond baseball.
More committed than ever towards helping baseball grow in Buenos Aires, the Shankees Baseball Organization is active helping Expat establishments promote their products and services; such is the case of El Tejano, Sugar & Spice, The Alamo Bar, and more.
Though baseball is the catalyst behind the SBO, the unique experience it offers ultimately changes the lives of everyone that joins the Shankees, as it helps Expats meet new people, make new friends, and build relationships that last a lifetime.
SHANKEES HISTORY IN A NUT SHELL
Founded in 2008, the Shankees Baseball Organization (SBO) aims to bring the great game of baseball to the Local and Expat communities residing in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Team President and Founder, Paul Perry, has succeeded in raising baseball awareness through The Buenos Aires Shankees, a baseball team consisting of Expats from the USA. The first Shankee uniforms and gear came by way of donations by Jason Hermes and The Fidential Firm. Modestly, Perry hand painted the Shankees logo on each team cap until the 2011 season. A pioneer in every sense, he also created the first team flag; something other teams in the league would later take on as tradition. More than two hundred players have passed through the Shankee ranks since taking the field on April 4th, 2009. Through the support of sponsors, former players, family and friends, the SBO has been able to grow and has even been able contribute to baseball by donating equipment to startup clubs within Argentina, i.e. Rawson Club in Chubut.
In 2011, The Liga Metropolitana de Beisbol, in association with the Federacion Argentina de Beisbol, offers Paul Perry an abandoned softball field and an adjacent clubhouse set within Parque Julio Roca located on the city limits. Through some financial support from sponsors like: Larry Rogers (owner of El Tejanos´), Scott Weaver (AA pilot), Yanqui Mike (Cattle Herder), and Fred Badagnani (Owner SilverStar Transfers) and Frank Almei da (owner Sugar & Spice), Perry successfully turns the abandoned field and clubhouse into a truly unique baseball training facility which gathers players from all walks of life for weekend baseball activities. In fact, the Shankees are the first team in Argentine history to implement a portable mound. Unfortunately, less than a year later, Perry is forced to pull-out of the shantytown-lined park after having fallen victim to repeated robberies and vandalism to which Perry cannot respond economically.
In late 2012, Perry forms the Shankee Juniors, a youth team comprised of US and Argentine children aged 5-12 from neighboring schools. The Shankee Juniors hold practice at the Parque Municipal Sarmiento in the Villa Urquiza neighborhood, thanks to an agreement between Perry and the President of the Argentine Softball Association, which has a field there. Unfortunately, due to internal conflicts between municipal union reps and park administrators, the field was ruled-off limits and thus abandoned. As a consequence, Perry decides to put the Shankee Juniors baseball program on hold until new training facilities can be acquired. The Sarmiento field remains, unfortunately, so do unions and the administration.
In early 2013, just before the start of the new season, Perry has to face the challenge of replacing half the Shankee roster, as eight players leave the Shankees to start their own team; The Criollos, an all Venezuelan ball club. Perry, the pioneer of Expat baseball in Argentina, had no trouble rebuilding his team, and brought on high caliber players to regain the essence of Shankees Baseball.
At present, the Buenos Aires Shankees hold team practices at beautiful Daom Field in Flores and play at the Estadio Nacional de Beibol in Ezeiza, located some 40 kms (60mi) from the Shankee Bus meeting point in Palermo Soho, where they also have a team clubhouse which is used to house players from abroad. The Shankees have relied on a team bus to take players and fans to the games since 2009. Thanks to donations by the Fastlane Foundation the Shankee bus keeps rumbling to the games.