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Fidel Castro and baseball : the untold story

Author: Peter C Bjarkman
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Baseball has been as much of a national pastime to Cuba as it has to the U.S., due in no small part to Fidel Castro's love of the game. This book chronicles the central role Castro played in transforming the sport from professional to amateur status in the small island country, which has produced dozens, if not hundreds, of baseball stars.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bjarkman, Peter C.
Fidel Castro and baseball.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2019]
(DLC) 2018026520
Named Person: Fidel Castro; Fidel Castro
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter C Bjarkman
ISBN: 9781538110300 153811030X
OCLC Number: 1036743395
Awards: Winner of SABR Baseball Research Award 2019
Description: xxxiii, 364 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue : A Rationale --
Part I: The Myths. "History Will Absolve Me" ; Baseball's Most Outrageous Myth ; The Infamous "Barbudos" Game --
Part II: The Transformation. Sugar Barons and Sugar Kings, and the Death of Cuba's Professional Baseball ; The Grand Socialist Baseball Experiment ; The Other Big Red Machine and Cuba's Dominance of International Baseball --
Part III: The Legacy. The Fictional Personas of Fidel Castro ; The Cuban Baseball Defectors Phenomenon ; The Ultimate Collapse of Cuban Baseball.
Responsibility: Peter C. Bjarkman.

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In this thorough history, Bjarkman examines Cuba's baseball leagues after Fidel Castro's rise to power in 1959, . . . Bjarkman's insightful survey of Castro-era baseball deserves a broad audience. * Read more...

 
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