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In June 1866 sailors from the United States who were importing Sugar from Cuba invited local Cuban dockworkers to play baseball. Thus began the Caribbean's initiation to the game, less than thirty years after its North American inception. In the few years that followed, baseball was pushed to the fore of Cuban consciousness by visiting North American businessmen, U.S. Marines, and wealthy Cuban students who had played at schools in the United States. By decade's end the development of a local talent pool was under way, and with the emerging political turmoil in the Caribbean around the turn of the century, both migrating Cubans and occupying Marines took the new pastime across the Caribbean basin.

At first baseball was played by Cuba s wealthy class lending it the exclusivity of polo cycling cricket soccer and other European sports that had taken root in the clubs of the Caribbean s urban ...


Jeremy Rich

basketball player, was born on 16 April 1985 in the multiethnic city of Wau, South Sudan (then part of Sudan). He was the son of Martha Deng and her husband, Aldo Deng, an official in the Sudanese government who had served as Minister of Transportation and deputy prime minister, the family belonged to the same Dinka ethnic community as fashion model Alek Wek. When the second Sudanese civil war commenced in 1983, the Sudanese government had Deng's father arrested. Deng secretly escaped with family members from South Sudan to Egypt in 1990 For the next five years Deng lived with eight other relatives mostly siblings in a tiny apartment in Alexandria Egypt He later recalled We shared everything My life sounds tough but thanks to them it was very easy They did all the work The nine of us lived in a two bedroom apartment Some of ...


The home run duel between Chicago Cubs outfielder Sammy Sosa and St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire was the highlight of the 1998 major league baseball season. Although at the end of the season Sosa trailed McGwire by four home runs, both had surpassed Roger Maris's longstanding single-season record of sixty-one, and Sosa had captured the hearts of baseball fans with his easy smile and enthusiasm for the game. The year represented a breakthrough for Sammy Sosa. Aside from hitting sixty-six home runs (including a record twenty in June alone), Sosa led the Cubs to the team's first playoff appearance in nine years, hit for a season average of .308, drove in 158 runs (at the time the fourth-highest total in National League history), and won the National League Most Valuable Player award in a landslide, capturing thirty of the thirty-two first-place votes.

Born in San Pedro de ...