February 14th, 2013

Havana Spring

February 14, 1941 – The Brooklyn Dodgers left New York for Cuba to begin spring training in Havana. Team president Larry MacPhail scheduled a record 50 exhibition games and the team would travel 8,000 miles by boat, plane, rail and bus. The team arranged a Pan-Am Clipper to fly the players and staff to Havana. Those opting to travel by boat could do so “at their own risk.” MacPhail said the Cuba training site was a one-year proposition and hinted he might want to train in California in 1942.