History of baseball in Cuba

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The history of baseball in Cuba dates to the the mid-1860s when the first bat and ball were brought to the island. Soon thereafter, the first baseball club was formed. In 1878, the first baseball league outside of North America was founded - it would eventually become known as the Cuban Winter League. The league was the top Latin American circuit for its entire history and served as the winter home of many Negro League stars in the 1930s and 1940s. After professionalism was outlawed by Fidel Castro in 1961 a new amateur national league was formed, and since then the Cuban team has dominated international play.

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