The Pride of Havana: A History of Cuban Baseball

By Roberto González Echevarría | Go to book overview

Notes

Chapter One
1.
For Want of a Horse: Choice & Chance in History, ed. by John M. Merriman ( Lexington, Mass: The Stephen Greene Press, 1985), p. x.
2.
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 else.
3.
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.
4.
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.

Chapter Two
1.
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

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • First Pitch 3
  • The Last Game 14
  • From a House Divided to a Full House 44
  • A Cuban Belle Époque 75
  • The Golden Age 112
  • The Great Amateur Era 189
  • The Revival of the Cuban League 252
  • The Age of Gold 298
  • Baseball and Revolution 352
  • Notes 407
  • Bibliography 423
  • Index 441
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