Monthly Archives: November 2009

U.S. softball players try sports diplomacy in Cuba

By ANNE-MARIE GARCIA, The Associated Press

HAVANA (November 16, 2009) – SOFTBALL has been a passion for Michael Eizenberg since he was a child, but the 63-year-old has never been as excited about a game as the one played Monday on a children’s ball field at a faded sports complex under Havana’s warm Caribbean sun.

Eizenberg is one of 56 Americans – all at least 55 years old – who are in Cuba this week for friendly games of slow-pitch softball against their Cuban counterparts, part of an effort to use sports to bridge decades of official mistrust between America and its southern island neighbour. Continue reading

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