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Castro's Cuba: The Forbidden Island

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IF ONLY HE HAD BEEN A BETTER BASEBALL PLAYER...
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...A MURAL OF "THE COMANDANTE," FIDEL CASTRO, IN THE 'OFICINA' OF HAVANA'S LATIN AMERICAN STADIUM

MAGNIFICO! CUBANS REJOICE AFTER STUNNING THE DR...
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...IN THE '06 WBC SEMIS, EARNING A BID IN THE FINALS AGAINST JAPAN

 

To U.S. baseball fans, it's known simply as "The Forbidden Isle." But journalist Joe Connor visited this baseball hotbed for more than three weeks and was granted unprecedented access to its players, academies, sports institutes and ballparks across the country’s 14 vast provinces. And now Joe shares his insight into Cuban baseball in World in a Ballpark: Baseball Goes Globalwhich is available for purchase at the Buy Joe's Guides page.

 

Cuba's talented and accomplished National Team has been a participant in the World Baseball Classic. We also hope you enjoy our Cuban baseball collage below where you can also access the stories Joe wrote for Major League Baseball's official Web site that were praised by fans for their insight into "Pelota," what Cubans call baseball. If you want to view a sample of the guide and how easy the guide works, visit the MLB Ballpark Trips page.

  

 

A PASSION FOR PELOTA EVERY WHICH WAY YOU TURN...
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...MOST NATIONAL LEAGUE GAMES ARE TELEVISED; JOE PLAYING THE FIELD ON THE SCENIC ISLAND OF YOUTH

CUBA'S EASTERN PROVINCES LOVE TO JAM...
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...THE "CONGREGOS," AN EIGHT-PIECE BAND, FIRE UP THE LIVELY CROWD IN SANTIAGO DE CUBA

HONORING A CUBAN BASEBALL LEGEND...
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...A STATUE OF JOSE HUEGLA IN SANCTI SPIRITUS

YOUNG EL DUQUE, 1990, YEARS BEFORE DEFECTING
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ORLANDO HERNANDEZ PITCHED FOR HAVANA'S INDUSTRIALES AND THE NATIONAL TEAM

CORPORATE-NAMED BALLPARKS IN CUBA...?
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...NOT EXACTLY: ITS "SHRINES" ARE NAMED AFTER MANY "PATRIOTIC REVOLUTIONARY HEROES"

FROM ONE GENERATION TO THE NEXT...
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...TEACHING PELOTA TO A FUTURE CUBAN STAR...

COMMUNIST CASTRO ENDULGES...
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...IN A CAPITALIST COKE (AND A SMILE)

WHAT PASSES AS A NEWSPAPER IN CUBA, CASTRO STYLE
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BARELY MORE THAN EIGHT PAGES IN LENGTH, DUE TO FREQUENT PAPER SHORTAGES ON THE ISLAND

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