|Statement||by John Phillips.|
|LC Classifications||GV863.25.A1 P45 2003|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||1 v. (various pagings) :|
|LC Control Number||2004556681|
From the first amateur leagues of the s to the exploits of Livan and Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez, here is the definitive history of baseball in Cuba. Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria expertly traces the arc of the game, intertwining its heroes and their stories with the politics, music, dance, and literature of /5. The idea that the United States and Cuba share a national pastime will make the frosty relations look sillier than ever. González Echevarría’s book is part baseball history, part U.S.-Cuban relations, part race relations, part sorry tale of American arrogance and power, and part memoir and love story. Perhaps that’s the problem. From the first amateur leagues of the s to the exploits of Livan and Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez, here is the definitive history of baseball in Cuba. Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria expertly traces the arc of the game, intertwining its heroes and their stories with the politics, music, dance, and literature of /5(6). Baseball was introduced to Cuba in the s by Cubans who studied in the United States and American sailors who ported in the country. The sport quickly spread across the island nation. Nemisio Guillo is credited with bringing a bat and baseball to Cuba in after being schooled in Mobile, Alabama.
But, like in the United States, baseball is Cuba’s national pastime. Baseball has been played in Cuba since shortly after its inception in the United States in the mids, a product of geographical proximity. In the late 19 th century, many in Cuba embraced baseball as a political act against Spanish rule, adopting the forbidden American sport rather than taking up Spanish bullfighting. The history of Cuba told through the family behind the Bacardi Rum Company, founded when Cuba was still a Spanish colony. In a review in The Times, Barry Gewen wrote: “There’s a shelf of histories to consult” about Cuba, but “it’s hard to imagine that any is as enjoyable” as this one. Cuba: A New History by Richard Gott pp, Yale, £ All too often, Cuba conjures up images of a last communist stronghold, Fidel Castro's beard and . History of baseball in Cuba The history of baseball in Cuba dates to the the mid- s when the first bat and ball were brought to the island. Soon thereafter, the first baseball club was formed. In , the first baseball league outside of North America was founded - it would eventually become known as the Cuban Winter League.
Quick Take --Ground-breaking Cuban baseball writer Bruce Brown serves up the full sweep of Cuba's glorious baseball tradition, history and achievement in Cuban Baseball!/ ¡Béisbol Cubano!-- from the beginning at Palmar del Junco in to the Communist scouted, trained and nurtured Cuban béisbolistas who are reshaping Major League Baseball in Capitalist American today. Although Cuban baseball legend has it that the native “Taino” Indians really invented the sport, baseball started to happen in Cuba around It was then that American students studying in the island taught fellow Cuban students how to play the sport. What emerges is more than a story of balls and strikes, but a richly detailed history of Cuba told from the unique cultural perch of the baseball diamond. Filling a void created by Cuba's rejection of bullfighting and Spanish hegemony, baseball quickly became a crucial stitch . History While it is thought by many that baseball was first introduced to the Dominican Republic by United States Army soldiers stationed there, it was actually its Caribbean neighbor, Cuba, which brought the sport to the shores of the country.