The Leones del Caracas (English: Caracas Lions) are a Venezuelan baseball team that plays in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League. Since its inception, the team has played in the Estadio Universitario in Caracas. They possess 16 championship titles, the most to date in Venezuelan baseball.
In 1942, Cervecería Princesa,
an early team, was bought and transformed into Cervecería Caracas.
Their first game, on May 7 against the Criollos
(Creoles) ended with a 7-3 victory. The team faced its later nemesis, the Navegantes del Magallanes
for the first time on December 27, 1942, winning this now historic game 3-0. Ten years later, the franchise was bought by the publicists and sports commentators Pablo Morales and Edgar Prieto and christened anew as Leones del Caracas
Its current owner, since 2001
, is the Organización Cisneros.
Caribbean World Series title
On February 7, 2006, the Leones
earned Venezuela's first Caribbean World Series
title in 16 years, defeating the Tigres del Licey
of the Dominican Republic, six games to none. With the victory, the Leones
won Venezuela's sixth CWS title.