Thursday, March 10, 2011

Brooklyn Dodgers made Cuba their spring training home in 1942

Brooklyn Dodgers shortstop Pee Wee Reese at La Tropical Stadium during the team's 1942 spring training trip to Havana, Cuba.

This is a William Vandivert photo from the Life magazine photo archive hosted by Google.

According to Who's Who in Cuban Baseball, 1878-1961, the Dodgers split a pair of games with the New York Giants, but lost a five-game series three-games-to-two against a Cuban squad.

In those three victories by the local nine, Tomas de la Cruz, Rodolfo Fernandez and Agapito Mayor held the Dodgers to a combined six runs.

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