This 1946 soda advertising poster features Leo Durocher and Jackie Robinson at Havana’s El Gran Stadium. It sold for $575 at Robert Edward Auctions in 2004.

This 1946 soda advertising poster features Leo Durocher and Jackie Robinson at Havana’s El Gran Stadium. It sold for $575 at Robert Edward Auctions in 2004.

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At 102, Connie Marrero, the oldest living former major leaguer, spends days in Cuba

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A March 15, 1947 news service photo featuring then-Montreal Royals infielder Jackie Robinson playing against the Havana Cubans during spring training in Cuba.
Part of the George Michael Baseball Photography Collection, this image was up for auction at LegendaryAuctions.com in February 2014.

A March 15, 1947 news service photo featuring then-Montreal Royals infielder Jackie Robinson playing against the Havana Cubans during spring training in Cuba.

Part of the George Michael Baseball Photography Collection, this image was up for auction at LegendaryAuctions.com in February 2014.

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Habana and Almendares at the start of the 1945-46 Cuban League season at La Tropical Stadium. The photo just sold on eBay.

Habana and Almendares at the start of the 1945-46 Cuban League season at La Tropical Stadium. The photo just sold on eBay.

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Hall of Fame Negro leagues star Josh Gibson at Cuba’s La Tropical Stadium during the Homestead Grays’ visit to the island in either 1938 or 1939. This photo is up for auction at Hake’s Americana & Collectibles.

Hall of Fame Negro leagues star Josh Gibson at Cuba’s La Tropical Stadium during the Homestead Grays’ visit to the island in either 1938 or 1939. This photo is up for auction at Hake’s Americana & Collectibles.

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The Almendares team in a photo dated Nov. 6, 1932 that is up for auction at Hake’s Americana & Collectibles. The team includes Cuban Baseball Hall of Famers Adolfo Luque, Lazaro Salazar and Silvio Garcia.

The Almendares team in a photo dated Nov. 6, 1932 that is up for auction at Hake’s Americana & Collectibles. The team includes Cuban Baseball Hall of Famers Adolfo Luque, Lazaro Salazar and Silvio Garcia.

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Oversize cabinet photo of eight players, a ballboy and manager holding a flag reading “Yara B.B.C. Caibarien,” in Habana. This photo is up for auction at Americana & Collectibles.

Oversize cabinet photo of eight players, a ballboy and manager holding a flag reading “Yara B.B.C. Caibarien,” in Habana. This photo is up for auction at Americana & Collectibles.

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The Habana team in a photo dated Nov. 6, 1932 that is up for auction at Hake’s Americana & Collectibles. The team includes Cuban Baseball Hall of Famer Alejandro Oms, Luis Tiant Sr. and Miguel Angel Gonzalez.

The Habana team in a photo dated Nov. 6, 1932 that is up for auction at Hake’s Americana & Collectibles. The team includes Cuban Baseball Hall of Famer Alejandro Oms, Luis Tiant Sr. and Miguel Angel Gonzalez.

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Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Emilio Palmero in a photo that’s up for auction at Hake’s Americana & Collectibles. Palmero pitched five seasons in the majors and 17 in the minors.

Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Emilio Palmero in a photo that’s up for auction at Hake’s Americana & Collectibles. Palmero pitched five seasons in the majors and 17 in the minors.

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A 1923-24 Nacionales card featuring Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Adolfo Luque playing with Habana.

A 1923-24 Nacionales card featuring Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Adolfo Luque playing with Habana.

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