The Cuba Baseball Hall of Fame resumed this weekend, after a 54-year hiatus, with the election of 10 new members, all stars of the national sport.
A tribunal of 25 Cuban baseball chroniclers, historians and specialists selected five Cuban professional sports players and five others whose careers began after 1961.
Among those elected in the period 1874-1961 were referee Amado Maestri and players Esteban Bellán, Camilo Pascual, Orestes Miñoso and Conrado Marrero, and the latter unanimously.
From 1961 until today, experts have excelled Omar Linares, Luis Giraldo Casanova, Orestes Kindelán, Braudilio Vinent and Antonio Muñoz.
The tribute ceremony for these figures in the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame will take place during the “All-Star Match” festivities scheduled for December 27 and 28 in the province of Granma in the east of the country.
The restoration of the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame was decided at a national conference specially convened to address the protection of this institution, established in October 1939 and which had been suspended in 1961.
During the meeting, under the auspices of the discipline’s national leadership, a project was presented for the establishment of the “Cuban Baseball Museum” with the headquarters of the old sports club Vedado Tenis de La Habana, which currently hosts the center. Social student “José Antonio Echeverría”.
It was also decided to celebrate every year in December a day in honor of Cuban baseball, with the presentation of the “Martín Dihigo” award for the work of life, the most important of which will be given in Cuba to institutions or individuals. sports.
The first baseball game in Cuba took place at the “Palmar del Junco” stadium, where the Havana team defeated the Matanzas team 51 points to 9.
The first Cuban baseball championship began on December 29, 1878 with a challenge between professional clubs Habana and Almendares.