Jackie Robinson in Cuba

When Jackie Robinson was named the starting first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947 he became the first black player in the Major Leagues. Brooklyn executive Branch Rickey set out to circumvent the unwritten edict preventing African-American… Continue Reading

Santa Clara Leopardos: Greatest Team Ever

Cuba ended segregation in 1900. The small Caribbean island was more progressive than most of it’s neighbours. Cubad still lagged in integrating blacks into society except on the baseball diamond. Cuba forged early bonds with the American Negro Leagues. This… Continue Reading

Don Zimmer Cuban Baseball Legend

Don Zimmer spent 65 years and eight decades in professional baseball. His routes are so deep he played with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He actually played 12 major league seasons and even one season in Japan. This was before he moved… Continue Reading

Cuba Dugout Featured in Playoff Magazine

Cubadugout via Playoff Magazine

Playoff Magazine is an upstart Spanish Language chronicle exploring all aspects of Cuban sport. They recently featured Cubadugout and my photographic journey on the island. You can download their June edition HERE. But here is a little sneak peek at… Continue Reading

The Cradle of Cuban Baseball

Cuba recently declared baseball a National Cultural Heritage. Already considered the countries National sport, the designation acknowledges the games importance as sport but to the spirit and psyche of Cuba and its people as well. The ceremony was held in… Continue Reading

Higinio Vélez 1947-2021 Cuban Baseball President

Holding the title of president seems to be inherently polarizing. Higinio Veléz held the title of president of the Cuban baseball federation from 2008 until his passing May 12th, 2021. Veléz was definitely polarizing. I met Higinio in passing multiple… Continue Reading

Leslie Anderson Camagüey Bull to Bull Durham and Back.

The inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006 looks like a text book case of unintended consequences for Cuba. Cuba finished 2nd to Japan in a hotly contested tournament. Even as the runner up, it cemented their status as a World… Continue Reading

Estadio Latinoamericano Havana Through My Lens

Estadio Latinoamericano Havana Cuba is the second largest baseball stadium in the world by capacity. Its 55,000 maximum capacity trails only Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The Stadium is home to Industriales of Havana and previously hosted The Metropolitanos as… Continue Reading