Friday, January 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM – The United States, Cuba and Baseball
Join Doc and host Danielle Orr for for their monthly feature on great athletes and sport from the Americas and Caribbean and their connection to popular culture and politics. This new feature is an outgrowth of Doc’s 12-part series on Latino athletes and sport for the El Sol Bilingue Newspaper in Ukiah, CA.
This month, we’ll speak about Cuba’s baseball tradition that goes back 150 years – “Old-School” baseball fans will remember Tiant, Cuellar, Canseco, El Duque Hernandez Pedroso, Pasqual, Perez, Oliva, Campanaris, and Minoso, and revel in current stars like Cespedes, Puig and Abreu – all hailing from the island country of the “clave” just 90 miles off the Florida coast. And, one of sports great urban myths still abounds after a half of a century – a great “alternative history” speculation…a supposed “try-out” in Havana in 1951 by none other than a law student turned eventual revolutionary, Fidel Castro. With President Obama’s recent overtures to Cuba after a half a century of Cold War politics, how has and does the sport of baseball intersect with politics?
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