Baseball in Cuba is the focus of BallparkBob’s articles.
An American in Baseball-Crazed Cuba A friend of mine recently made a trip to Havana in part to see a professional baseball game, but he got the surprise of his life when the local Cubans asked him to play in their baseball game the next day. This is Anthony’s recap of that game and the next day when he got a chance to play the game he loves with other people that love the game of baseball. He asked me to print it here and I gladly agreed to publish his unique and moving story. by Bob Bentz Habana,...read more
I’ve been a baseball coach for over twenty years. Most years, I coached a local team, an all-star team, and a travel team. So, I’m not biased one way or the other. I see the value in almost every level of baseball. Today, there are many threats to baseball. The recent success of the Taney and Jackie Robinson Little League teams are exceptions to the rule; kids in the inner cities are not playing baseball like they used to with some notable exceptions. Another threat is the growing popularity of lacrosse. I, for one, live in a town where...read more
As a follow up on the article about Cuban professional baseball, author Anthony Wayne contributes this story about how he got a chance to play baseball with a group of Cuban men during a recent vacation in Havana. An American Playing Baseball in Cuba (Not the Other Way Around) Cubans also love soccer too, but baseball is clearly Cuba’s game. The next day, after my trip to see Industriales de Habana play, I was invited to play real baseball at a park in Havana with a group of Cubans that I had met in Old Havana and at the...read more