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American Baseball in Cuba
April 9, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
|The American Series against Major League opponents in Cuba began in 1890 and continued until 1959. Babe Ruth visited Havana in 1920 after his 59 home run season with the Yankees and lost a fortune gambling in the casinos. Jackie Robinson played spring training in Cuba prior to breaking baseball’s color line with the Brooklyn Dodgers during the historic 1947 season. Ty Cobb and Christy Mathewson played baseball games in Cuba as did Negro League Baseball stars Oscar Charleston and John “Pop” Lloyd. In fact, an All-Star team from the Negro League played an historic series against a Cuban team comprised of future Cuban Hall of Famers in 1925. After a night of drinking the writer Ernest Hemingway engaged the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Hugh Casey in a boxing match at his Havana home.
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