Brian Campf sent me this postcard of the Alijadores (Lightermen) de Tampico of the 1943 Mexican League, featuring Willie Wells as player-manager (standing at the far left). Notable members of the team included the Mexican first baseman Àngel Castro, the Cuban outfielder Pedro Formental, and Negro league pitchers Berthum Hunter and Henry McHenry.
The team didn’t fare that well, unfortunately. The 37-year-old Wells did what he could, batting .295, and Formental (.312, 63 walks in 90 games) and McHenry (17-10 for both Tampico and Mexico City’s Red Devils) contributed; but Castro, probably the top slugger of the Mexican League’s early years, slumped to .248 with only nine homers, and Hunter won a grand total of three games for three different teams that summer. Wells was replaced as manager by Santos Amaro before the season was over, and Los Alijadores finished in fourth place with a 41-48 record.
Here’s a closeup of Wells:
Thanks to Brian for these great images!