Babe Ruth (second from left) playing jai-alai in Cuba during his 1920 visit to the island for a series of exhibition games between Oct. 30-Nov. 20.
According to Yuyo Ruiz’s book The Bambino Visits Cuba 1920, Cuban promoter Abel Linares paid Ruth — fresh off hitting a then-record 54 home runs in his first season with the New York Yankees — $20,000 to join the barnstorming New York Giants under manager John McGraw.
The Ancestry.com blog has this image of Ruth’s passport application (right) for the trip to Cuba.
The highlight of Ruth’s visit was a game Nov. 6 that pitted Ruth against Cuban slugger Cristobal Torriente. Torriente, who would go on to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 2006, hit three home runs in a game as Ruth went hitless in three at-bats. The Almendares center fielder even doubled off Ruth, who had come in from the outfield to pitch an inning of relief.
The Los Angeles Timesdubbed Torriente the “Babe Ruth of Cuba,” while Ruth described his counterpart as “as black as a ton and a half of coal in a dark cellar.”
 The Cuban press was far more reverential toward Torriente.
El Dia:

"Yesterday, Cristobal Torriente elevated himself to the greatest heights of glory and popularity. His hitting will enter Cuban baseball history as one of its most brilliant pages."

For his efforts, Torriente received $103 in money collected on the field, a gold watch and 400 cigars.

Babe Ruth (second from left) playing jai-alai in Cuba during his 1920 visit to the island for a series of exhibition games between Oct. 30-Nov. 20.

According to Yuyo Ruiz’s book The Bambino Visits Cuba 1920, Cuban promoter Abel Linares paid Ruth — fresh off hitting a then-record 54 home runs in his first season with the New York Yankees — $20,000 to join the barnstorming New York Giants under manager John McGraw.

The Ancestry.com blog has this image of Ruth’s passport application (right) for the trip to Cuba.

The highlight of Ruth’s visit was a game Nov. 6 that pitted Ruth against Cuban slugger Cristobal Torriente. Torriente, who would go on to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 2006, hit three home runs in a game as Ruth went hitless in three at-bats. The Almendares center fielder even doubled off Ruth, who had come in from the outfield to pitch an inning of relief.

The Los Angeles Timesdubbed Torriente the “Babe Ruth of Cuba,” while Ruth described his counterpart as “as black as a ton and a half of coal in a dark cellar.”

 The Cuban press was far more reverential toward Torriente.

El Dia:

"Yesterday, Cristobal Torriente elevated himself to the greatest heights of glory and popularity. His hitting will enter Cuban baseball history as one of its most brilliant pages."

For his efforts, Torriente received $103 in money collected on the field, a gold watch and 400 cigars.

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