Very interesting question. Back in the 1960′s or 1970′s most baseballs used in the American National league were made in Haiti. You would think that many Haitians would be baseball players, playing in Major League Baseball.
That is not the case. In the meantime, on the other side of the island, the Dominican Republic, many are making a fortune playing the game.
According to history, it has everything to do with the American occupation of 1915. Unlike American invasions in other countries that were relatively brief, the Haitian occupation lasted 19 years and was brutal. The Haitians were not interested in anything that was American at the time and instead played soccer.
Here is a picture of Haiti National team in 1974.
This is what many would call Haiti Dream Team, the 1974 World Cup team. Haiti's coach was Antoine Tassy. He was also the team's trainer as well as being the country's Director of Sport. The main teams who made the National team were: Racing Club, Aigle Noir and Violette Athletic Club. The goalkeeper, Henri Francillon, was the only player in Haiti team who came from Port-au-Prince's Victory club.
Although they the team did not win, the 1974 Haiti soccer team made a good representation for the nation in the Worlf C
Here is the list of players:
Henry Francillon, Goalkeeper
Wilner Piquant, Goalkeeper
Gerard Joseph, Goalkeeper
Fritz Andre, Defender
Serge Ducoste, Defender
Arsene Auguste, Defender
Pierre Bayonne, Defender
Wilfred Louis, Defender
Phillippe Vorbe, Midfielder
Jean-Claude Desir, Midfielder
Eddy Antoine, Midfielder
Guy François, Midfielder
Serge Racine, Midfielder
Jean-Hubert Austin, Midfielder
Guy Saint-Vil, Forward
Roger Saint-Vil, Forward
Fritz Leandre, Forward
Claude Barthelemy, Forward
Emmanuel Sanon, Forward
Here is a picture of Pierre Bayonne, Haitian Soccer Team World player at the Cup 1974 FIFA World Cup.
Pierre Bayonne was born on June 11, 1949 and played for the Violette Athlete Club in Port-au-Prince.
The 1974 FIFA World Cup was held in West Germany. Some of the games at the CONCACAF level for qualification for the World Cup were played in Haiti, at Sylvio Cayor Stadium
Guy Saint-Vil was born October 21, 1942. He was a Haitian football who played forward position. A Member of the Recine club Haitien. Guy Saint-Vil played for Haiti in the 1974 FIFA World Cup. The Haitian soccer team that represented Haiti at the World Cup was comprised of: Oriol, Serge Ducoste, Henri Françillon, Ernst Jn. Joseph, Arsène Auguste (Pelao), Philip Vorbes, Wilner Nazaire (Captain), Jn. Claude Désir (Tom Pouce), Emmanuel Sanon (Manno). Yacinthe, Claudel Legros, Guy St. Vil, Roger ST.Vil, Eddy Antoine, Fito Léandre, Claude Barthelmy, Guy François, Fito Plantin, René Vertus. Wilner Piquant, Bobby, Pierre Bayonne, Formose Giles, Mario Léandre, Masson.
Here is a picture of Ernst Jean-Joseph who is also known as Ti Nes and Grimo. Ernst Jean-Joseph was born on June 11, 1948. His position in the Haitian football team was midfielder. he was one of the players who represented Haiti at the 1974 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
Haiti was one of the few countries qualified to take part of this prestigious game
Here is Eddy Antoine, a soccer player in Haiti. He was member of the 1974 World Cup. Haiti was among the 16 teams qualified for the World Cup. The best two teams from each group were selected for the World Cup. With this team, Haiti became winners for the first time in the CONCACAF region. In 1974, when Haiti was qualified for the world cup in West Germany, only one team was allocated out of 16. The North, Central American and Caribbean zone.
Here is a picture of Claude Barthelemy who was one of the Haitian soccer players who participated in the 1974 FIFA World Cup, in West Germany from 13 June to 7 July. This was a time when the competition was at its highest. A total of Ninety-eight countries took part in the qualification process, including some of the most successful countries in soccer. You had countries such as England; France, the USSR, Hungary and Spain who did not make it.
Here is a picture of Arsene Auguste, aka Pelao. What a souvenir, as we are looking at this picture, one thing that will come to mind is the time Haitian soccer that made us pride of them. The team that won the 1973 CONCACAF against all odds. As you may remember, the Championship, was held in Haiti from November 29 to December 18. The place to be at the time was Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince. The team was qualified for the 1974 FIFA World Cup that was held in West Germany
This is a picture of the famous Haitian boxer Bermane Stiverne.
He recently beat Chris Arreola for the WBC heavyweight title elimination at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, in Canada.
The fight was HBO-televised. Bermane Stiverne who before the fight had a record of 23-1-1, 20 knockouts wan over the local favorite Chris Arreola by controlling the fight with consistent body shots.
Stiverne, who won by scores of 118-109 and 117-110 insisted that he gets some recognition since the opponent had everything going for him before the fight. Bermane Stiverne was an underdog going into the fight with Chris Arreola