The Sugar Kings that played in Havana

As our father and grandfathers remember, the Sugar Kings of the AAA International League played in Havana.   They were a “farm team” in the Cincinatti Reds’ organization. 

Back in April 1954,  25,000 fans showed up to watch the Sugar Kings battle the Toronto Maple Leafs in the opening game of the International League season. (Montreal was another team in that league)   

Future major leaguers like Leo CardenasMike Cuellar and Cookie Rojas played in those Havana teams of the 1950’s.     

In the late 1950’s, as the owners were seriously looking at expansion, there was a lot of talk about putting a major league team in Havana. 

Instead, the Sugar Kings were moved to Jersey City in July 1960.    The political situation changed and “beisbol tambien se fue de Cuba”. 

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