Cuban Star

How One Negro-League Owner Changed the Face of Baseball

by Adrian Burgos Jr.

Cuban Star

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Shares the story of Negro League team owner Alex Pompez's founding of a notorious Harlem numbers racket as part of his efforts to finance the New York Cubans, describing his role in retaining the team throughout integration, transitioning players to the majors, and achieving a Negro League World Series Championship.

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"Historian Adrian Burgos Jr. tracks the fascinating life of Alejandro Pompez from young cigar worker in Key West to Harlem numbers runner to respected baseball executive in Cuban Star," writes NPR senior editor Luis Clemens. "It was Pompez who recruited the first Dominican, the first Puerto Rican and the first Panamanian players into the Negro Leagues. All the while his illegal betting business helped finance his baseball operation. That is, until New York prosecutor Thomas Dewey

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How One Negro-League Owner Changed the Face of Baseball


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