Saturday, March 5, 2011

Red Sox played Reds at La Tropical in 1941 spring training series

Jimmie Foxx, left, and Bobby Doerr during the Boston Red Sox's 1941 spring training visit to Havana, Cuba for a series of exhibition games against the Cincinnati Reds.

This and seven other photos from that visit were up for auction at Cuban Baseball Cards in September, 2010.

Sarasota, as it was from 1933-42, was Boston's spring training base, but the team played three games against Cincinnati at La Tropical Stadium, according to Cuban Baseball: A Statistical History, 1878-1961. The Red Sox won the series 2 games to 1 without the services of Ted Williams, who remained back in Florida because of an ankle injury.

Jorge S. Figueredo's book also says Boston also played an all-star team of Cuban amateurs on March 17, with the local nine winning 2-1 as Juan Decall struck out the side (Doerr, Jim Tabor and Johnny Peacock) in the second inning.

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