Havana Base Ball Club

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Nick Name Havana Base Ball Club
Earliest Known Date 1867
Location Havana, Cuba

"Baseball thus appeared in Cuba as early as the end of the U.S. Civil War and was thriving there only a few years later. Bats, balls, leather gloves, and rules for playing the new North American pastime were first carried to Havana by a pair of brothers, Nemesio and Ernesto Guillo . . . when the teenagers returned from a half-decade of high schooling at Alabama's Spring Hill College in 1864. Within mere days they were organizing rudimentary contests . . . in downtown Havana. Less than four years later, the Guillo brothers . . . had formed the Havana Base Ball Club."

Peter C. Bjarkman, Diamonds Around the Globe (Greenwood Press, 2005), page 2. A key source for this story is an interview with one of the brothers in Diaro de la Marina, January 6, 1924.

Eric Ender's "Timeline of International Baseball, at ericenders.com, notes that in December 1878, "the first baseball league outside the United States is formed on Havana." [League profits were reportedly used to support an independent Cuba, leading Spain to briefly ban baseball on the island.]


Washington (DC) Evening Star, Sept.10, 1867


Bob Tholkes found an item in the Washington (DC) Evening Star, Sept.10, 1867: "The Havana base ball club challenged and played its first match with the Matanzas club on Sunday last, but with no result. Another game is to come off there to-day."

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