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The Pride of Havana: a History of Cuban Baseball

by Echevarria, Roberto Gonzalez

  • ISBN: 9780195069914
  • ISBN10: 0195069919

The Pride of Havana: a History of Cuban Baseball

by Echevarria, Roberto Gonzalez

  • List Price: $35.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publish date: 04/15/1999
  • ISBN: 9780195069914
  • ISBN10: 0195069919
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Description: From the first amateur clubs of the 1860s to today's dominant professional players and national teams under Castro, 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 poetics, music, dance, and literature of the Cuban people. What emerges is 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 in the complex social fabric of the island. By the early 1900s Cuba had become a major conduit in spreading the game throughout latin America, and a proving ground for some of the greatest talent in all of baseball, where white major leaguers and Negro league players from the U.S. all competed on the same fields with the cream of latin talent. Often dramatic, and always culturally resonant, Gonzalez Echevarria's narrative expertly lays open the paradox of fierce Cuban independence from the U.S. with Cuba's rove for our national pastime through stories of triumph and failure on the field, and defection and imprisonment off the field -- stories that endure to this day. In 1997, the dramatic defection of Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez, now pitching for the New York Yankees, is simply the latest instance.

Based on extensive primary research and a wealth of interviews, the colorful, often dramatic anecdotes and stories in this distinguished book comprise the most comprehensive history of Cuban baseball yet published, and ultimately add a vital lost chapter to the history of baseball in the U.S.

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