University of Texas at Dallas
In Nicaragua, baseball is known as the king sport and the Nicaraguan people have a passion for the sport like none other. Entering the two sides of present-day Nicaragua at almost the same time, baseball rapidly secured its spot as the national sport of Nicaragua during the occupation of the U.S. Marines in the early part of the 20th century. Baseball became politicized with the rise to power of Anastasio Somoza García, and from then on, it would be an integral part in winning the affections of the Nicaraguan people. Founding two teams, plotting assassinations at games, and using baseball to distract the Nicaraguan people, Somoza García was the master of manipulating the sport. But it didn’t stop with Somoza. During the period of the revolutionary government, Sandinista leaders promoted their own version of baseball with an emphasis on the massification of the sport. In the transition to neoliberalism, baseball was privatized along with the other major industries of Nicaragua. Today, Ortega has left his own mark on baseball promoting community and professional leagues. While the future of baseball in Nicaragua is unknown, one thing is for sure: baseball in Nicaragua will always be political.
Inequality and Stratification | Leisure Studies | Political Science | Politics and Social Change | Sports Studies
Mayer, Braeden (Diego), "Jugando con Bola Ensalivada: Una Historia Política del Béisbol Nicaragüense desde Somoza hasta Ortega" (2012). Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection. Paper 1426.