July 25, 1959: Game called due to revolution
Submitted by BTGrimes on Wed, 07/25/2012 - 9:00am
Getting out of Havana
On this night the Havana Sugar Kings, an independent team with a bunch of players from the Cincinnati Reds organization were entertaining the Rochester (NY) Red Wings, a Boston Red Sox affiliate. The game, running late already, went into extra innings. At midnight, a celebration began in the streets commemorating the revolution that brought Castro to power. It spilled into the stands. With the game tied in the 12th shots rang out in the direction of the field as Rochester mounted a rally. Havana shortstop Leo Cardenas was grazed in the shoulder. Rochester third base coach Frank Verdi, was struck in the head. Fortunately he had head-gear on because he'd been in the lineup earlier in the game. Neither was seriously hurt.
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