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HAVANA JER 55
In 1866, student Memesio Guillot terurned from the United Stated with the implements of a strange new game called "Base Ball." Cuba has not been the same since. Just 12 years later, the famed Almendares and
Habana clubs were formed.
Cuba was fertile ground for local base bailer!
as well as a haven for Negro Leaguers from
the U.S., who could play year - round while avoiding the racial bias they faced back in the States. White major league teams, too,
held spring training camps in Cuba. Despite the ending of professional ball in 1961, Cuba remains a world base ball power,
and home to some of the finest players and most knowledgeable fans anywhere.
1955 HAVANA SUGAR KINGS (100% COTTON) JERSEY
HAVANA SUGAR KINGS
( INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE )
Havana moved up to the International League in 1954, after dominating the Florida International League for several seasons. In 1960 the Sugar Kings hosted the Minneapolis Millers in the Little World Series, with Fidel Castro and his troops present on the field in Havana's Gran Stadium. The Cuban club was managed by Preston Gomez, and included pitcher Mike Cuellar and infielder Cookie Rojas.