Within the United States, Americans tend to think Baseball is as American as apple pie but does one nation truly own this sport? Two articles explore these ideas The Pride of Havana A History of Cuban Baseball by Roberto Gonzlez Echevrria and Baseball, The Lost Cause, and the New South in Richmond , Virginia by Robert H. Gudmestad. Echerria states that kf one were to ask individuals who live throughout the Caribbean Islands, they would tell you the opposite, making the arguments that history shows that the game of Baseball is ingrained within Cuban, Hattian, and Puerto Rican culture. The citizens of these nations would even state that the sport goes back to before colonial times, with the Tainos people playing a game consider similar to todays baseball. Even within the United States Baseball means something different to different regions, an example being the baseball leagues of the late 1800s following the Civil War in Virginia. The Virginian baseball league of this time used the sport in order to keep alive the Lost Cause Myth of the Civil War, which in short states that the war was not about slavery, but about northern oppression of southern culture. This theme of racial tension is even found in Caribbean baseball and Cuban Africans and White Cubans found themselves rivaling each other, especially after the Spanish American War. Some would even immigrate to United States and enter into the nergo league of the MLB respectively. It is overwhelmingly clear that baseball has had a surreal effect on those in both countries.
Overall, I find the idea of Baseball making into all aspects of society interesting, Cuban Baseball means so much to the citizens of that nation, it’s more than just a pastime. Cuban’s see baseball as a sport that represents freedom from oppressors, since many of the heroes of early baseball fought for independence from Spain, and it also means to be oppressed, as seen by the Afro-Cubans who played during the late 1800s early 1900s. It is simply fascinating how baseball can wiggle its way through a nation’s history connecting so many major events without directly causing said events or making them worse or better. It is even sadder to see how Baseball can keep a racist narrative alive in society through the individuals who play the sport as seen in the Virginian Baseball Clubs. In the end, these two articles were Enlightening