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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Cuban Baseball

What a posse taking in a Havana ballgame: (Che’ Guevera (1928-1967) with beret); to his left is Raul Castro, to Che’s right is baseball player and revolutionary hero Camilo Cienfuegos (1932-1959), Fidel Castro is to the right of Cienfuegos. 

I'm reading Cuba Straits, a novel by Randy Wayne White, and I come across this passage:
On December 31, 1958, three American pitchers playing for the Havana Sugar Kings were delayed by extra innings and accidentally trapped when Castro's army came to power. . . . Cuba's recent dictator, flaunting Caribbean League rules, had personally signed their contracts after bribing them with cash and presents. Bribes included new Harley-Davidson motorcycles and three gold-plated Thompson machine guns, each personalized and engraved LOYAL BEYOND DEATH - FULGENCIO BATISTA
I go looking for pictures of Cuban baseball players and I found this one (above). The bearded ones even formed their own baseball team.

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