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Cuba, a recognized baseball powerhouse, has teams capable of beating Major League U.S. clubs, as the Cuban National Team's 12-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles (in Baltimore) amply demonstrated in May 1999. To watch Cubans play baseball is to see poetry and passion in motion.
Top league teams play from December through June in the 60,000-seat Estadio Latinoamericano. Games are usually held Tuesday–Thursday at 8 pm, Saturday at 1:30 and 8, and Sunday at 1:30. Tickets are cheap. Calle Zequeira 312, Cerro, Havana. 7/870–6576.
You may be able to catch a baseball game at the Universidad de la Habana's Estadio Juan Abrahantes. Calle Zapata y Calle G (Av. de los Presidentes), Vedado, Havana. 7/878–6959.
To watch young boxers being developed in what is pound for pound and citizen for citizen the world's leading pugilistic power, stop in at Gimnasio de Boxeo Rafael Trejo. Calle de Cuba 815, La Habana Vieja, Havana. 7/862–0266.
Catch boxing matches in town at the Sala Polivalente Kid Chocolate. Paseo de Martí (Prado) y Calle Brasil (Teniente Rey), La Habana Vieja, Havana. 7/861–1547.
For Basque pelota in its various forms (pala, remonte, or jai alai), the Canchas de Pelota Vasca y Patinódromo Raúl Díaz Arguelles is the only game in town. Av. 26 y Av. de la Independencia, Nuevo Vedado, Havana. 7/881–9700.