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Adam W. Green

baseball player and manager, was born Felipe Rojas Alou, in Haina, Dominican Republic, to Jose Rojas, a carpenter/blacksmith and grandson of a slave, and Virginia Alou, a homemaker and Caucasian daughter of a Spanish migrant. The second Dominican-born player in major league baseball, Alou was one of three baseball-playing brothers and became the first Dominican to manage in the big leagues.

Alou grew up with five younger siblings in a fifteen-by-fifteen-foot house his father had built in the village of Haina. For much of his childhood, food came from where Alou and his family could scavenge it: using bamboo poles and construction wire to fish in the Haina River or climbing coconut trees and scouring for other fruit. Baseball equipment was scarce in the poor village, and Alou and his brothers would play with lemons or coconut husks for balls and their hands for bats.

Alou traveled to ...

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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 ...

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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 ...