Caldwell: Negro Leagues History partnering with

From Jay Caldwell at on April 18, 2018, with mention of SABR members Gary Ashwill and Mike Lynch:

Today is announcing a research partnership with Gary Ashwill, noted author, blogger ( and researcher of Negro Leagues and Cuban baseball and Mike Lynch, president of, the preeminent database of Negro League statistics.

Nearly 18 months ago, I acquired a collection of 131 weekly Cuban newspapers dating between July 24, 1887 and December 29, 1901.  Most of the papers are between four and six pages in length with a few slightly larger.  They are in “good” condition surviving the years and elements of the Cuban climate.  They are not unscathed, but all are readable.  They appear to contain many articles on the Cuban leagues and teams, some great pictures of early players, both Cuban and American, as well as executives.  They have statistical reports (think of these as a Cuban version of the Spalding Guide or Sporting News) and articles about games in Cuba, the American Series and Organized Professional Baseball in the U.S.


With Gary and Mike’s help and other researchers they recruit, we hope to translate these papers, analyze them for unknown content and statistics and publish the results to bring more information to light about the early days of professional baseball in Cuba.

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Originally published: April 18, 2018. Last Updated: April 18, 2018.