Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Cuban Baseball Berets

Cuba considers baseball its national sport. Since approximately 1865 or 1866 this sport has been practiced and has become part of the lives of most Cubans. On December 27th,1874, the first baseball game in Cuba took place in a field known as Palmar de Junco, in the province of Matanzas.

Havana's Marianao team, late 1940s or early 1950s
It became the most played sport in the country in the 1870s, before the period of American intervention.
Winter League's Almendares team, 1947

Despite its American origin, baseball is strongly associated with Cuban nationalism, as it effectively replaced colonial Spanish sports such as bullfighting. 

Habana Baseball Club beret, made of silk-screened felt, circa 1940
Fans typically wore berets, or boinas, with the logo or name of their favourite team printed or embroidered on it. 

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