SABR member Kit Krieger is planning a Cubaball tour from September 26 to October 3, 2016. The early dates reflect changes in the schedule for the Cuban National Series, which opens at an unprecedented early date of August 7.
The 2016 tour will feature five games in five different cities: Havana, Pinar del Rio, Mayabeque, Artemesa and Matanzas. We will see nine of the 16 teams in the league. As usual, the tour will include meeting with former and current players, including a visit with National Team manager Victor Mesa in the Matanzas clubhouse. We will meet with veteran players, including Luiz Zayas, the last member of the Havana Sugar Kings living in Cuba and Enriquito Diaz, the “Record King”, who holds the all-time records for games, at-bats, runs, hits, triples and stolen bases.
We will also visit the baseball monuments at the Colon Cemetery, the Hemingway Estate and La Tropical Stadium, home of the Cuban League from 1930 to 1946. We will again meet with Sigfredo Barros, the baseball beat writer for Cuba’s national newspaper and one of the most knowledgable baseball people on the island.
With the travel ban all but lifted, Americans are flocking to the island and prices are soaring. Comparable tours are priced at $5,000 to $6,000. Cubaball’s 2016 tour is priced at $2,999, which includes transfers, hotels, most meals, admission to all itinerary events, and ground transportation on air-conditioned buses. It does not include return airfare, beverages, or gratuities.
The tour is limited to 25 registrations, with a minimum of 15 registrants required for the tour to proceed. Visit www.capstours.com for more information or contact me if you have any questions.
- Related link: Donald Plavnick: My experience on the Cubaball tour
Originally published: August 11, 2016. Last Updated: August 11, 2016.