By Lew Freedman
Told via profiles of the lads who've made it a fact, this is often the complicated tale of the triumphs accomplished by―and demanding situations confronted by―Latinos who've risen to the heights of significant League Baseball.
• Alphabetically prepared, 3000-word profiles of the 25 most vital figures of Latin American historical past within the background of baseball
• seventy five shorter profiles of extra Latin American baseball figures of importance
• A accomplished bibliography of books, newspaper articles, and journal reports
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He also predicted that Cuban baseball stars, facing a ceiling on the highest level they could play, would one day go to the United States to play in the majors. S. to earn a good living,” he said. “Some day they will. ) The words foreshadowed future defections. Gomez was still active in baseball when he was in an automobile accident in 2008. Seriously injured, he died as a result of the crash 10 months later at age 85. In the mid-1970s, Bill Veeck, owner of the Chicago White Sox, endorsed scouting Cuban talent even though Major League Baseball had a hands-off policy.
The team was loaded, but it was not unbeatable. Surprising Trujillo, the club’s main rival, the Aguilas Cibaenas, stockpiled its own recruited talent. Also raiding the Negro Leagues and scouring Latin America, the Cibaenas featured pitchers Chet Brewer and Luis Tiant Sr. under the managerial leadership of Martin Dihigo. The Estrellas Orientales, the team Trujillo most feared, was also tough. This team included the best of the homegrown players. Trujillo believed he had cobbled together a super power, but he underestimated the opposition.
Cuban Baseball Takes a Dark Turn Omar Linares was a special third baseman for the Cuban National Team, and he was the big ﬁsh that got away from the majors. 368 batting average with 404 home runs and 1,547 runs. He could run, too, stealing 264 bases despite being 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds. When he was past his prime, Linares played three seasons in Japan’s Central League with the Chunichi Dragons, but not as a regular starter. Linares was Castro’s exemplar on the national amateur team. The Cubans repeatedly won world championships (six with Linares in the lineup) and won gold medals in the 1992 and 1996 Olympics and a silver medal in 2000 once baseball was added to the Olympic program.
Latino Baseball Legends: An Encyclopedia by Lew Freedman