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The return of the U.S. cold war with Cuba won’t slow the tide of baseball defectors, now at a low ebb as so many great ones have already fled (including two stars of the recent postseason, Houston’s Yuli Gurriel and Los Angeles’ Yasiel Puig).
In October, 2017, for the first time in six decades, two million Havanans, many of them baseball-crazy, could listen on radio (and some watch on TV) to the World Series——just the way Tony ‘Tani’ Pérez and his father listened while living in the sugar-mill town of Central Violeta in 1955 as the Dodgers of Cuban native Sandy Amorós upset the powerful Yankees, 1,300 miles away.
Meanwhile, in the U.S., two million Cuban-Americans, many of them also
baseball-crazy, could watch, listen, or follow the postseason any way they wanted.
In 1960, Tony Pérez took advantage of safe passage to the U.S., as did 14,000 Cuban children over a two-year period during Operación Pedro Pan, a reality that cannot take place in the present environment.
The re-lowering of the Coconut Curtain stunts youth and imaginations on both sides of the 93-mile-wide Straits of Florida. The promise held forth in “From Cuba to Cooperstown” is that one day both places can be freely reached and enjoyed without either government curtailing it.
The story of baseball great Tony Pérez is as relevant now as it will ever be.