Havana Sugar Kings

A nice article on two ex-players of the Havana Sugar Kings, Asdrubal Baro and Luis Zayas, who chose to stay in Cuba when the Sugar Kings dissolved as a AAA franchise of the Cincinnati Reds after Fidel Castro took control of the country.  Another player, Cookie Rojas chose to leave for the United States to pursue his major league career.

The Sugar Kings played a seven game AAA championship in Cuba in 1959 against the Minneapolis Millers and won in seven games in front of Fidel Castro.  There was some talk that like Toronto and Montreal, who also hosted AAA minor league teams, Havana would also have been ripe for a major league franchise, drawing 30,000 for their games.

You can read the full article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/24/sports/baseball/remembering-cubas-minor-league-team.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0

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