Castro's Curveball by Tim Wendel

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The story of a young Fidel Castro choosing between politics and a promising baseball future.

Recently widowed and now retired, Billy Bryan is “coming to the end of many things.” Then a long-forgotten scrapbook stirs memories of a distant past—and beckons him and his grown daughter on a reluctant journey to relive his role in history. In 1947 Bryan was playing winter ball in Cuba, his future as uncertain as the island country’s. Then one fateful night Bryan witnessed a young student radical named Fidel unleash an amazing curveball. So begins Bryan's tug-of-war with destiny.
 

About Tim Wendel

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Tim Wendel is an award-winning journalist and the author of "Castro's Curveball", a novel about baseball in Cuba. Wendel is one of the founders of "USA Today Baseball Weekly", where he served as an editor and writer. He teaches at Johns Hopkins University and lives, in Vienna, Virginia.
 
Published December 10, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 292 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Romance, History, Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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The sad ruin that is modern Cuba makes Bryan recall the heady winter of 1947, when a student protest momentarily halted a game and a lanky, beardless Castro demonstrated the effortless baseball talent—and the potential for baseball heroism—that Bryan never had.

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In a touch of iconoclastic ingenuity, Wendel builds on evidence of the youthful Fidel Castro's athletic prowess and pitching ability to construct an outstanding sports novel that also closely observes

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In a touch of iconoclastic ingenuity, Wendel builds on evidence of the youthful Fidel Castro's athletic prowess and pitching ability to construct an outstanding sports novel that also closely observes Cuban society and politics.

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In 1947, career minor leaguer Billy Bryan is in Cuba playing winter ball, chasing a dream of making it to the majors that is fading as rapidly as the splendors of old Havana.

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