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Cuba Loves Baseball: A Photographic Journey

Cuba Loves Baseball: A Photographic Journey

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Cuba Loves Baseball: A Photographic Journey

Longueur:
83 pages
14 minutes
Éditeur:
Sortie:
Apr 3, 2018
ISBN:
9781510730441
Format:
Livre

Description

According to the New York Times, Cuba is at an historic turning point. As Cuba catches up with political and economic changes, baseball will inevitably catch up and change as well. In Cuba Loves Baseball, photographer Ira Block, who has spent the past three years photographing the culture of Cuba through baseball, has assembled more than one hundred images of baseball players of all ages. In doing so, Block helps to preserve baseball's enduring presence in Cuba. The colorful photos cover everything from grass roots baseball to the pro teams, from portraits of old-timers to children playing baseball in the streets, and from exuberant fans at stadiums to vendors selling traditional food before the games. Cuba Loves Baseball incorporates sport with culture in a country that has been "closed" for so many years. It makes the perfect gift for sports fans, people interested in Cuba and travel, men and women who played baseball as children in cities or rural areas, and parents who have children playing baseball now.
Éditeur:
Sortie:
Apr 3, 2018
ISBN:
9781510730441
Format:
Livre

À propos de l'auteur

Ira Block is an internationally renowned documentary photographer, lecturer, and workshop leader who has produced more than thirty stories for the National Geographic Magazine and its affiliates. His books include Backroads America and Saving America’s Treasures. His photographs have been exhibited in the United States, Japan, and Great Britain. Among his workshop destinations are Bhutan, Mongolia, Tibet, Laos, and Cuba. Block resides in New York City and attends baseball games whenever he has the chance.

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Cuba Loves Baseball - Ira Block

Havana Industriales batting practice, Estadio Latinoamericano. Havana

No shoes, no real bat, no worries. Trinidad

Cigar-smoking fan entering Estadio Latinoamericano. Havana

Fans, Estadio Victoria de Girón. Matanzas

Rural road baseball. Jibacoa

Estadio Cristóbal Labra. Isla de la Juventud

CONTENTS

FOREWORD BOB COSTAS

FOREWORD SIGFREDO BARROS

CUBA LOVES BASEBALL

AUTHOR’S NOTES

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

FOREWORD BOB COSTAS

WHEN I FIRST BEGAN to follow baseball—to recognize the names, uniforms, and faces on baseball cards and black and white TV screens—Cuban stars like the great Minnie Minoso, curveball artist Camilo Pasqual, and eventual AL MVP Zoilo Versailles were distinctive presences. They had come to the major leagues before Castro’s revolution and the enforced isolation that ensued. A bit later, others—Tony Pérez, Tony Oliva, Luis Tiant—would leave Cuba as well.

As random chance would have it, I saw Tiant’s major league debut for Cleveland in the summer of 1964. It was a Sunday doubleheader at the original Yankee

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