“The sport of Baseball was introduced in the islands by William Lewis, a young St. Thomian who returned from Santo Domingo with the know-how. ⚾
He succeeded in converting many cricketers into ball players.” ~ Source: 1975 article in the VI Daily News
Before 1917, Soccer was popular, having been introduced by the Danes as well as Cricket, which was popularized by the British.
Here’s a great collectible for all those baseball fans available on ebay.
Update: This item has been sold.
Olympic Baseball Team
St. Thomas League
Standing – Alvin Joseph (1b), Vincent Wallace (cf), Eldred Christian (lf), Malcolm Lloyd (Mgr), Lionel Roberts (official), Lionel Georges (c), Lionel Richards (p), Louis Hassel (2b), and Burton Henry (p),
Second row: Lincoln Host (c), Lupercio Wallace (1f), Amos Hendrickson (3b), Juan Rivera (ss), and Oswald Johns (rf).
Front: Leon Williams (lf), Isiah Phillips (2b), Ruford Wilson (p), Leo Mahoney, (ss), Randolph Brown (rf), and Norman Dawson (lb).