The two cities share a rich and legendary baseball history but since 1959 have traversed radically different paths in the concept and practice of sport
By TONY SEED*
The 2015 Pan Am Games, being hosted by Toronto and with the celebration of friendship amongst the peoples of the Americas and the Caribbean as one of its positive themes, evokes a memory of the sporting links between the cities of Toronto and Havana, which date back to 1954.
During most of the 1950s the Havana Sugar Kings and the Toronto Maple Leafs were two of the flagship franchises in baseball’s International League, classified as AAA, a rung below US Major League Baseball (MLB). Continue reading
Cuba is sending a team of 450 athletes to perform in the Pan Am Games being held in and around Toronto in July. In these big international gatherings it is common practice for teams to exchange pins and little pennants as a gesture of friendship. This can be quite costly for teams from small and developing countries. In this case, the Cuban team is operating under tremendous financial constraints due to the US economic blockade of Cuba.
Photos from Dennis Woodworth’s posts in Canada Cuba Goodwill Tour Information Group in Facebook (Click to enlarge)
After four years of work, the Canada Cuba Goodwill Tour is bringing their Cuban friends to play baseball and visit Atlantic Canada. Twenty three combined players, coaches, translators and government officials will land at 12:20 a.m. on June 30th to participate in the first Canada Cuba Goodwill Tour on Canadian soil. The Cuban team will visit Halifax at Mainland Common on June 30th, Bridgewater at the Kinsmen Field on July 2nd, Moncton on July 3rd at Kiwanis Park, and Fredericton on July 5th at Royals Park. All games start with opening ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. Continue reading
Team of 24 also bringing $70K of donated equipment and school supplies
CBC NS (Jan. 30) – Baseball season may seem a long way off, but for two dozen girls from Nova Scotia, it will begin next week.
A team of 24 is heading to Cuba and taking $70,000 worth of donated baseball equipment and school supplies to donate to young, female Cuban baseball players.
This is the second year for the project
As part of the trip, the kids will be bringing down baseball gear and school supplies to give to their Cuban counterparts. Continue reading