For Want of a Horse: Choice & Chance in History, ed. by
John M. Merriman
( Lexington, Mass: The Stephen Greene Press, 1985), p. x.
It is unlikely that the game took place the day before because November
27 is a day of national mourning in Cuba, commemorating the death by firing squad
of several medical students during the Spanish regime. Of course, given that Castro
is such a common surname, the "F. Castro" in the box score could be someone
The final irony in all this is that even a reference work, the Biographical
Encyclopedia of the Negro Leagues, has
Clint Thomas hitting "a home run off a young
pitching prospect named Fidel Castro, who would later lead a revolution and become president of Cuba" (p. 774). Since Thomas played in Cuba from 1923 to 1931 and Fidel Castro was born in 1926, that pitching prospect was really young
when he gave up the homer. A book that advertises itself as "Baseball's Ultimate
Biographical Reference," The Ballplayers, edited by
Mike Shatzkin, devotes an entry
to Fidel Castro (p. 169). Like malignant cells, misinformation is hard to kill.
Her name was Isora del Castillo, a Cuban third baseman for the Chicago
Collens, of the Women's Baseball League in the forties. Born in Regla, near Havana,
in 1932, she was the daughter of a great shortstop in the Amateur League, Argelio
de Castillo. Known as "Chica" and "Pepper," she played in 1949 and 1950. A
singer, she was often called upon to croon "Quiéreme mucho" before games. The
Pinch Scotch Whiskey Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame Gala, June 28, 1997 ,a pamphlet
with biographies of inductees and other interesting materials.
Durocher had first come to Havana in the thirties as a member of the Gas
House Gang (the St. Louis Cardinals), and later, in 1941, as manager of the Dodgers, when he staged a riotous protest in a spring-training game against a Cuban
selection at La Tropical. He was tossed from the game by the legendary Cuban
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: The Pride of Havana:A History of Cuban Baseball.
Contributors: Roberto González Echevarría - Author.
Publisher: Oxford University Press.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 1999.
Page number: 407.
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