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Fifteen years after Orioles' visit to Cuba, baseball diplomacy still hits home
Fifteen years after Orioles' visit to Cuba, baseball diplomacy still hits home

It's one thing to view Cuba in geopolitical terms, which has become a very popular pastime since President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he had begun the process of normalizing relations with the tiny island nation that once played such a large role in the Cold War. It's quite another to watch barefoot children playing baseball on a dirt field with homemade bats and balls. That's one of the enduring memories of the two trips I made to Havana in 1999 — the first as part of the delegation led by Orioles majority owner Peter Angelos to set up a historic home-and-home series between the Orioles and a team of Cuban all-stars, and the second for the first half of...

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