February 28th, 2013

Cuba and Hemingway

February 28, 1941 – The Brooklyn Dodgers beat the New York Giants, 4-3, in their spring training opener in Havana, Cuba. During their training in Cuba, pitcher Hugh Casey got an extra workout by “boxing” with famed writer Ernest Hemingway. Casey and pitcher Kirby Higbe went to Hemmingway’s home for dinner. Later that evening, Hemingway brought out boxing gloves and challenged Casey. The pair sparred in the house and broke two chairs and a sofa. Hemingway suggested a “duel” the following day with guns, knives or swords. Casey declined.