Talkin’ Baseball

“Cuba invented baseball.”

“What?”

“Cuba invented Novikoff-Wayback-1947SignalOilBaseballCard008-e1339883013114baseball. The Indians who lived here, the ones Columbus found, they used to play a game here with a ball and a bat.”

“Oh.”

“You never read that?”

“No, what I read in Moscow was that Russia invented baseball. There is an old Russian game with a ball and a bat. The article said that Russian emigrants to the United States took the game with them.”

“I’m sure one of us is right.”

—Martin Cruz Smith, Havana Bay

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1 Response to “Talkin’ Baseball”


  1. 1 Alexa October 30, 2013 at 12:49 am

    ha, i love it . . . Cubans know what’s good!


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