Castro's Cello


July 1, 2022

José Víctor de Castro Carroll, better known as Chelo de Castro (Barranquilla, March 19, 1920-Barranquilla, June 20, 2022),[1] was a Colombian sports journalist.[2]


Born in the San Roque neighborhood and a graduate of the Colegio San José, Chelo De Castro was a member of a traditional Barranquilla family, including General Diego A. De Castro, the first governor of the department of Atlántico; Arturo De Castro, who at the beginning of the 20th century gave football a boost in Colombia; and his youngest son Darío, better known as Chelito, composer, pianist and accordionist.[3]

Journalistic activity

The sports he managed were baseball, boxing and soccer, of which he was a reference and authority at the national level. Every day he wrote about historical and current events related to these sports. Press Since 1945 he wrote a daily sports column in different newspapers in Barranquilla. He began his career as a sports columnist in 1945 in the weekly La Unidad, directed by Armando Zabaraín. In 1950 he joined Carlos Martínez Aparicio's newspaper La Prensa, where he worked for ten years. In 1960 he moved to Julián Devis Echandía's El Nacional evening paper, where he worked for eight years. In 1968 he worked at Diario del Caribe, where he was for eight years. Since 1976 he worked as a columnist for El Heraldo.[4] Every December he put aside the sports theme of his column due to issues from Barranquilla's past, delivering his "Costumbrista Watercolors". Sometimes he interspersed sports issues with his political opinions or about national and international news, or giving way to both friends and opponents. Words, phrases and expressions that have become famous stood out in his lexicon, some in other languages ​​or his own inventions: "bambinazo" (home run), "a pringamocera question", "never come back", "mondis miquis joping mare" , "et pas plus", among others. Radio Since April 7 (Barranquilla Day) 1953 he broadcast daily on the local radio the program "Sports Parade", which he founded with Mike Schmulson. It was broadcast by Emisora ​​Atlántico for a few months, La Voz de la Patria for 40 years, 18 years by Uniautónoma Estéreo until January 2011, and since then by Radio Aeropuerto until 2019.[5][6][7] ​[8]​[9]​

Other activities

De Castro was an international boxing leader, a clerk for the Barranquilla mayor's office and Head of Public Shows for the municipality of Barranquilla for 28 years.[3] From his column and his radio space, he denounced the decadence in which, in his opinion, corruption and currents from other regions of the country plunged Barranquilla. De Castro was responsible for baptizing sports venues in the city with the names of the most outstanding athletes, for example, the Roberto Meléndez Metropolitan Stadium, the Elías Chegwin basketball stadium, the Rafael Vásquez velodrome, the Humberto Perea indoor coliseum and the Romelio Martínez Municipal Stadium. .[10]​ He was a defender of amateurism and a critic of the policies of the International Olympic Committee.


"The Broken Pole". "Costumbrista Watercolors".[11]



DE CASTRO, Cello. Daily columns in El Heraldo.