Cuban baseball Hall of Famer Martin Dihigo playing for Dominican team Santiago. This photo is among numerous items from the Richard Merkin Collection that are up for auction at Hake’s Americana & Collectibles.

Cuban baseball Hall of Famer Martin Dihigo playing for Dominican team Santiago. This photo is among numerous items from the Richard Merkin Collection that are up for auction at Hake’s Americana & Collectibles.

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A 1946-47 Almanque Deportivo magazine cover featuring Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Roberto Ortiz, who was born on this date (June 30) in 1915 in Camaguey, Cuba.

A 1946-47 Almanque Deportivo magazine cover featuring Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Roberto Ortiz, who was born on this date (June 30) in 1915 in Camaguey, Cuba.

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Cuban baseball Hall of Famer Jack Calvo, as a member of the Washington Senators, bats during spring training at the University of Virginia. Calvo died on this day (June 15) in 1965.

Cuban baseball Hall of Famer Jack Calvo, as a member of the Washington Senators, bats during spring training at the University of Virginia. Calvo died on this day (June 15) in 1965.

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A 1926-27 Aguilitas card featuring Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame infielder Bartolo Portuondo, who died on this day (May 26) in 1981.

A 1926-27 Aguilitas card featuring Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame infielder Bartolo Portuondo, who died on this day (May 26) in 1981.

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A 1949-50 Cuban League card featuring Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop Willy Miranda, who was born on this day (May 24) in 1926.

A 1949-50 Cuban League card featuring Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop Willy Miranda, who was born on this day (May 24) in 1926.

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Negro leagues star Lennie Pearson playing for Habana in a photo that was up for auction at Hake’s Americana & Collectibles in November 2011. Pearson was born on this day (May 23) in 1918 in Akron, Ohio.

Negro leagues star Lennie Pearson playing for Habana in a photo that was up for auction at Hake’s Americana & Collectibles in November 2011. Pearson was born on this day (May 23) in 1918 in Akron, Ohio.

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Former Cuban League player Emilio Cabrera, who according to Who’s Who in Cuban Baseball, 1878-1961, was born in Havana on this day (May 22) in 1921.
This photo appears on the Los Cubanitos Facebook page, dedicated to the youth baseball team of Cuban exiles he founded in Miami in 1965.

Former Cuban League player Emilio Cabrera, who according to Who’s Who in Cuban Baseball, 1878-1961, was born in Havana on this day (May 22) in 1921.

This photo appears on the Los Cubanitos Facebook page, dedicated to the youth baseball team of Cuban exiles he founded in Miami in 1965.

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May 20: On this day in 1971, Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame player Martin Dihigo died in Cienfuegos, Cuba.
In this photo, which was up for auction at Lelands in 2006, Dihigo’s jersey has a Habana’s “1943-44” Champions patch.

May 20: On this day in 1971, Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame player Martin Dihigo died in Cienfuegos, Cuba.

In this photo, which was up for auction at Lelands in 2006, Dihigo’s jersey has a Habana’s “1943-44” Champions patch.

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A 1945-46 Caramelo Deportivo card featuring Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Ramon Bragaña, who was born on this day (May 11) in Los Pinos, Havana, Cuba, and died on this day in 1985.

A 1945-46 Caramelo Deportivo card featuring Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Ramon Bragaña, who was born on this day (May 11) in Los Pinos, Havana, Cuba, and died on this day in 1985.

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A 1952-53 Victoria card featuring, Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Lorenzo “Chiquitin” Cabrera, who was born on this day (April 30) in Cienfuegos, Cuba in 1920.

A 1952-53 Victoria card featuring, Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Lorenzo “Chiquitin” Cabrera, who was born on this day (April 30) in Cienfuegos, Cuba in 1920.

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