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Castro's Curveball

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A book by Tim Wendel

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Author: Tim Wendel
Publisher: Bison Books
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Fidel the pitcher

  • May 27, 2010
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+5
This well-written book examines the question of whether Fidel Castro ever signed a contract to pitch in the major leages. Of course, it's a fiction book, but seemingly based on some facts. The author concludes that Fidel did sign such a contract, but you must read the book to get all the details, and how and why it happened.

Reading this book is almost like having a tour of Havana in the late 1940s.with all its glitter, glamour, and sinfullness. It's almost as if the author had been there during that time, and visited the places about which he writes. Of course, he was too young to have done that, so his imagination and research appears quite excellent.

We have a story of an early 30s (in years) American ball player working in the winter league in Cuba, who happens upon an interesting young college student who has an excellent curveball. That student is Castro, before he became the leader of the revolution that brought him to power in the late 1950s. In this book he is just beginning his anti-government journey, and it shows him in a somewhat human way, with both virtues and vices.

There is a love story, and a nostalgic journey back to Cuba by the now much older player, which takes place in the late 1990s. It's a bittersweet story of love, longing., loneliness and revolution. It's well worth reading, if only for the views of old Havana, and the idea of what might have been if Fidel's contract had actually existed, and he came to America to play basll.

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