Rafael Trujillo

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Dictator of the Dominican Republic for three decades, Rafael Trujillo played a role in baseball when he dished out money to sign many Negro League stars in 1937 to strengthen baseball in his country. He had sponsored the Trujillo Cup throughout the 1930s and stars such as Josh Gibson, Johnny Mize and Martin Dihigo appeared in the years before the Cup peaked in 1937.

He had the country's capital, Santo Domingo, renamed in his honor as Ciudad Trujillo. That was quickly reversed after he was assassinated in 1961.

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