08/31/13 - ABC News - Retired Cuban Baseball Stars to Play Miami Exiles
Baseball. It's the national pastime of Cuba and has long united exiles and
those still on the island. It also has divided them.
Over the years, dozens of top players have defected to the U.S. On
Saturday, a retired group of those players will finally match up against
their island counterparts in a game that would have been inconceivable a
decade ago and that was nearly derailed earlier this summer.
The Fort Lauderdale game is between former members of the Industrials,
Cuba's version of the Yankees.
It had been slated for last month at Florida International University in
Miami. But in July, the university canceled the deal, citing "contractual
issues." But a letter from the school's attorney sent to the ACLU shows
officials got twitchy about the event's political nature.
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