Ashwill: A closer look at Cuban baseball newspapers

From SABR member Gary Ashwille at Negro Leagues History on June 7, 2018:

Let’s look in more detail at turn-of-the-century Cuban baseball publications, to give you a better idea of what they were like. The ones we have in our collection usually consisted four to eight pages published weekly on newsprint, and focused on game reports, news, and (fairly pithy) commentaries rather than lengthy features or photo spreads. They were quite similar to sports newspapers published in the United States such as Sporting Life and The Sporting News. Here’s a comparison of the first page of the September 15, 1900, issue of El Score to that of the September 16, 1900, issue of Sporting Life.


Many of the Cuban papers featured photographs on their front page, sometimes accompanied by a brief sketch of the player or official depicted. Occasionally there’s even a poem about him. For example, here’s the cover of the September 2, 1900, issue of El Base Ball, with a picture of the Habana catcher Román Calzadilla, a veteran who had played in the Cuban League since 1889.

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Originally published: June 7, 2018. Last Updated: June 7, 2018.