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March 29, 1999 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was a baseball game. It was more. It was a slice of sporting history. It was more. It was the World Series slamming into the United Nations. It was more. It was Albert Belle in the batter's box with Fidel Castro in the front row. It was legendary Cuban third baseman Omar Linares living out a script made for Kevin Costner. And in the end yesterday, it was Baltimore Orioles 3, a team of Cuban all-stars 2, in 11 remarkable innings. But in reality, it was more. So much more.
SPORTS
March 29, 1999 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was a baseball game. It was more. It was a slice of sporting history. It was more. It was the World Series slamming into the United Nations. It was more. It was Albert Belle in the batter's box with Fidel Castro in the front row. It was legendary Cuban third baseman Omar Linares living out a script made for Kevin Costner. And in the end yesterday, it was Baltimore Orioles 3, a team of Cuban all-stars 2, in 11 remarkable innings. But in reality, it was more. So much more.
SPORTS
July 31, 1990 | By Ron Reid, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a baseball mismatch that probably should have been called for unnecessary roughness, Cuba savaged the United States, 16-2, last night in the Goodwill Games. One of the worst defeats in U.S. amateur baseball history, it cost the Americans any chance of exceeding a bronze-medal finish in the eight-nation tournament that concludes tonight at Tacoma's Cheney Stadium. Cuba, the current world championship team and the club that has ruled baseball at the amateur level 19 times in the last 22 years, looked every inch a colossus against the U.S. lineup of collegiate underclassmen.
SPORTS
July 29, 1996 | By Bob Ford, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
What might be the greatest streak in all of sports stayed alive yesterday as the Cuban baseball team held off the United States, 10-8, to record - according to Cuban bookkeeping, anyway - its 140th straight win in major international competition. "There is a great party in Cuba today," said coach Jorge Fuentes. "Baseball is our national sport. " The game came down to the last pitch. The United States led off the ninth inning with its fifth home run, then put two runners on base to come within one more long ball of giving Cuba its first real loss since 1983.
SPORTS
August 4, 1992 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Previewing Day 11 of the 25th Summer Olympiad, during which 12 gold medals in eight sports are scheduled to be awarded. BASEBALL Semifinals, including the United States vs. Cuba. It will take a Helling of an effort for the United States to remain in contention for the gold medal. Rick Helling, a righthander from Stanford University, is expected to get the start against the powerhouse Cubans, who are 7-0 in Barcelona and have outscored their opponents, 78-14. Helling was the victim last Wednesday in the qualifying round, when Cuba overcame a five-run, first-inning deficit to beat the United States, 9-6. But on July 5 in Minnesota, during Team USA's 30-game exhibition tour, Helling and two other pitchers combined to three-hit Cuba, 3-0. The numbers indicate that the July 5 game was an aberration.
SPORTS
March 28, 1999 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
How do you begin to explain what will happen this afternoon on the sun-baked ball field of Estadio Latinoamericano? An all-star team from the forbidden island of Cuba will play a nine-inning juego de beisbol today (ESPN, noon) against the Baltimore Orioles - a team representing more than just Major League Baseball, a team really representing 40 years of major-league juggernauts no Cuban team has been allowed to play. How do you explain it? You explain it with a single word - a word mouthed by the great Cuban second baseman Antonio Pacheco yesterday: Historia.
SPORTS
March 29, 1999 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This socialist city of peeling paint and peppery people loves its underdogs. Memorials to Jose Marti and others who helped Cuba throw off centuries of foreign domination are everywhere. Throughout Havana's congested tourist quarter, statues honor that greatest windmill-tilter of all, Don Quixote. And if Omar Linares, the gifted Cuban slugger, had managed one more big hit in the Cuban all-star team's extremely competitive 3-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles yesterday, this island nation likely would have honored him and the upset with a monument to dwarf even the great granite tower at the heart of the Plaza de la Revolucion.
SPORTS
July 15, 1996 | By Diane Pucin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was called a defection, which hints at escaping, at wearing a disguise and sneaking out a window in the dead of night, maybe instigating a car chase and gunplay. But when Cuban pitcher Rolando Arrojo defected last week, he walked out of his hotel room at the Quality Inn here, got into the car of an agent named Joe Cubas - a sports agent, not a CIA agent - and went to Miami. There are more nefarious, underhanded, sneaky dealings during an average college basketball signing period than went on in Arrojo's departure from his national team barely a week before the Olympics.
SPORTS
July 29, 1992 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
Previewing Day 5 of the 25th Summer Olympiad, during which 17 gold medals in seven sports are scheduled to be awarded: BASEBALL Qualifying-round games. Do you believe in miracles? That's about what most observers figure it would take for the United States to upset Cuba. But if the 1980 U.S.-Soviet Union hockey game taught us anything, it's that there is no such thing as a sure thing. The Cuban team, which averages 28 years of age, has won its last six international tournaments, picking up 67 of 68 victories in the process.
SPORTS
July 22, 2010
CUBA'S AGING veterans easily defeated manager Tommy Lasorda's patchwork Team USA in pool play at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. "We're in the medal round with only one loss," Tommy said with a shrug. "I'm looking forward to playing them again for the gold and beating them. " I had first covered the nucleus of the Cuban dynasty at the 1987 Pan Am Games in Indianapolis. The great Omar Linares was a teenager. I covered them again in Havana 4 years later. The Cuban national team was near its peak.
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July 22, 2010
CUBA'S AGING veterans easily defeated manager Tommy Lasorda's patchwork Team USA in pool play at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. "We're in the medal round with only one loss," Tommy said with a shrug. "I'm looking forward to playing them again for the gold and beating them. " I had first covered the nucleus of the Cuban dynasty at the 1987 Pan Am Games in Indianapolis. The great Omar Linares was a teenager. I covered them again in Havana 4 years later. The Cuban national team was near its peak.
SPORTS
March 29, 1999 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This socialist city of peeling paint and peppery people loves its underdogs. Memorials to Jose Marti and others who helped Cuba throw off centuries of foreign domination are everywhere. Throughout Havana's congested tourist quarter, statues honor that greatest windmill-tilter of all, Don Quixote. And if Omar Linares, the gifted Cuban slugger, had managed one more big hit in the Cuban all-star team's extremely competitive 3-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles yesterday, this island nation likely would have honored him and the upset with a monument to dwarf even the great granite tower at the heart of the Plaza de la Revolucion.
SPORTS
March 29, 1999 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was a baseball game. It was more. It was a slice of sporting history. It was more. It was the World Series slamming into the United Nations. It was more. It was Albert Belle in the batter's box with Fidel Castro in the front row. It was legendary Cuban third baseman Omar Linares living out a script made for Kevin Costner. And in the end yesterday, it was Baltimore Orioles 3, a team of Cuban all-stars 2, in 11 remarkable innings. But in reality, it was more. So much more.
NEWS
March 29, 1999 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was a baseball game. It was more. It was a slice of sporting history. It was more. It was the World Series slamming into the United Nations. It was more. It was Albert Belle in the batter's box with Fidel Castro in the front row. It was legendary Cuban third baseman Omar Linares living out a script made for Kevin Costner. And in the end yesterday, it was Baltimore Orioles 3, a team of Cuban all-stars 2, in 11 remarkable innings. But in reality, it was more. So much more.
SPORTS
March 28, 1999 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
How do you begin to explain what will happen this afternoon on the sun-baked ball field of Estadio Latinoamericano? An all-star team from the forbidden island of Cuba will play a nine-inning juego de beisbol today (ESPN, noon) against the Baltimore Orioles - a team representing more than just Major League Baseball, a team really representing 40 years of major-league juggernauts no Cuban team has been allowed to play. How do you explain it? You explain it with a single word - a word mouthed by the great Cuban second baseman Antonio Pacheco yesterday: Historia.
SPORTS
July 29, 1996 | By Bob Ford, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
What might be the greatest streak in all of sports stayed alive yesterday as the Cuban baseball team held off the United States, 10-8, to record - according to Cuban bookkeeping, anyway - its 140th straight win in major international competition. "There is a great party in Cuba today," said coach Jorge Fuentes. "Baseball is our national sport. " The game came down to the last pitch. The United States led off the ninth inning with its fifth home run, then put two runners on base to come within one more long ball of giving Cuba its first real loss since 1983.
SPORTS
July 15, 1996 | By Diane Pucin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was called a defection, which hints at escaping, at wearing a disguise and sneaking out a window in the dead of night, maybe instigating a car chase and gunplay. But when Cuban pitcher Rolando Arrojo defected last week, he walked out of his hotel room at the Quality Inn here, got into the car of an agent named Joe Cubas - a sports agent, not a CIA agent - and went to Miami. There are more nefarious, underhanded, sneaky dealings during an average college basketball signing period than went on in Arrojo's departure from his national team barely a week before the Olympics.
SPORTS
August 4, 1992 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Previewing Day 11 of the 25th Summer Olympiad, during which 12 gold medals in eight sports are scheduled to be awarded. BASEBALL Semifinals, including the United States vs. Cuba. It will take a Helling of an effort for the United States to remain in contention for the gold medal. Rick Helling, a righthander from Stanford University, is expected to get the start against the powerhouse Cubans, who are 7-0 in Barcelona and have outscored their opponents, 78-14. Helling was the victim last Wednesday in the qualifying round, when Cuba overcame a five-run, first-inning deficit to beat the United States, 9-6. But on July 5 in Minnesota, during Team USA's 30-game exhibition tour, Helling and two other pitchers combined to three-hit Cuba, 3-0. The numbers indicate that the July 5 game was an aberration.
SPORTS
July 29, 1992 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
Previewing Day 5 of the 25th Summer Olympiad, during which 17 gold medals in seven sports are scheduled to be awarded: BASEBALL Qualifying-round games. Do you believe in miracles? That's about what most observers figure it would take for the United States to upset Cuba. But if the 1980 U.S.-Soviet Union hockey game taught us anything, it's that there is no such thing as a sure thing. The Cuban team, which averages 28 years of age, has won its last six international tournaments, picking up 67 of 68 victories in the process.
SPORTS
July 31, 1990 | By Ron Reid, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a baseball mismatch that probably should have been called for unnecessary roughness, Cuba savaged the United States, 16-2, last night in the Goodwill Games. One of the worst defeats in U.S. amateur baseball history, it cost the Americans any chance of exceeding a bronze-medal finish in the eight-nation tournament that concludes tonight at Tacoma's Cheney Stadium. Cuba, the current world championship team and the club that has ruled baseball at the amateur level 19 times in the last 22 years, looked every inch a colossus against the U.S. lineup of collegiate underclassmen.
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