Havana Hardball: Spring Training, Jackie Robinson, And The Cuban League

  • Publish Date: 2015-09-22
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Csar Brioso
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An in-depth look at a pivotal time in baseball history.Lou Hernndez, author of Baseballs Great Hispanic Pitchers

Set against the backdrop of Old Havana, Cesar Brioso has given us an insightful, often loving ode to a memorable season when baseballs past and future came together.Tim Wendel, author of Summer of 68: The Season That Changed Baseball, and America, Forever

Long before the true Gold Age of Cuban baseball marked by the most recent quarter-century, there was also an era of pre-revolutionary professional winter league action housed in Havana. Brioso brings much of that lost ?other Cuban baseball back to life.Peter C. Bjarkman, author of A History of Cuban Baseball, 18642006

A must read for baseball enthusiasts. Recounts the travels of Cuban ballplayers, the particular plight of black Cubans and African Americans, and the triumphs and travails of Cubas professional leagues.Adrian Burgos Jr., author of Cuban Star: How One Negro-League Owner Changed the Face of Baseball

In February 1947, the most memorable season in the history of the Cuban League finished with a dramatic series win by Almendares against its rival, Habana. As the celebration spread through the streets of Havana and across Cuba, the Brooklyn Dodgers were beginning spring training on the island. One of the Dodgers minor league players was Jackie Robinson.

He was on the verge of making his major-league debut in the United States, an event that would fundamentally change sportsand America. To avoid harassment from the white crowds in Florida during this critical preseason, the Dodgers relocated their spring training to Cuba, where black and white teammates had played side by side since 1900.

It was also during this time that Major League Baseball was trying its hardest to bring the outlaw Cuban League under the control of organized baseball. As the Cubans fought to stay independent, Robinson worked to earn a roster spot on the Dodgers in the face of discrimination from his future teammates.

Havana Hardball
captures the excitement of the Cuban Leagues greatest pennant race and the anticipation of the looming challenge to MLBs color barrier. Illuminating one of the sports most pivotal seasons, veteran journalist Csar Brioso brings together a rich mix of worlds as the heyday of Latino baseball converged with one of the most socially meaningful events in U.S. history.

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