By now, we know the story: first the U.S. Treasury department wouldn't
let Cuba participate in the upcoming World Baseball Classic
, only to change their mind
later. Whether to play ball with Cuba or not has been debated since at least 1975, when then-commissioner of baseball Bowie Kuhn contacted Henry Kissinger about plans to arrange a game between U.S. and Cuban teams, prompting this now-declassified exchange (made available through George Washington University's National Security Archive.)
Indeed, sport and politics are often intertwined in the Case of Contemporary Cuban Baseball
"It isn't easy to be smart about baseball if you didn't grow up with the game, but Farish asked decent enough questions. It was the answers that came hard.
We must have resembled three mathematicians so lost in their highly refined work that they haven't noticed how quaint and opaque the terminology is, how double-meaning'd. We argued the language
and tried to unravel it
for the outsider."
The Night Game
, by Robert Pinsky; Baseball and Writing
, by Marianne Moore; Baseball Canto
, by Lawrence Ferlinghetti; and more baseball poetry
than you can shake a stick at.