968 Winter 2020 Los Barbudos: Baseball and the Cuban Revolution
Thursday, 2:15–3:40, Feb 13
Instructor: Jim Dunphy
In 1959, two threads in Cuban history—revolution and baseball—intersected. Coming down from the hills of Sierra Maestra, the barbudos (the bearded ones) led by Fidel Castro would overthrow the longstanding dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. Meanwhile, the Havana Sugar Kings of the International League—ironically a farm team of the Cincinnati Reds—were drawing thousands of fans. These two threads would come together in a series of baseball games in July 1959, and neither baseball nor Cuba would be the same afterwards. Join us as OLLI takes you out to the ballgame on a steamy Havana night.
Jim Dunphy is a lifelong baseball fan who has taught a number of OLLI classes in baseball, history, music and movies. His son studied abroad at the University of Havana in the fall of 2016, and Dunphy got to spend a week in Havana, shortly before Fidel Castro’s death.