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Book signing: Cuban star, Negro Leagues

HOWIE EVANS. Amsterdam New Sports Editor | 5/27/2011, 5:01 p.m.
Book signing: Cuban star, Negro Leagues

Alex Pompez, who helped open the doors for Latin Americans to enter into professional baseball Negro Leagues-style, is the subject of a widely entertaining and educational book, "Cuban Star: How One Negro League Owner Changed the Face of Baseball."

The book, written by Adrian Burgos Jr., tells the story of Pompez, who was vilified mostly for his continuing efforts to integrate Major League Baseball. He was a man who made his name and money as the most important and brilliantly intelligent individual in the "numbers game." He used that money to purchase the Cuban Giants, the legendary team that played a major role in the integration of Major League Baseball and the emergence of Jackie Robinson as the man and player who broke the color barrier.

We're not going to go any further than to inform one and all that on this coming Tuesday, May 31 at 6 p.m., Burgos will be at Hue-Man Bookstore and Cafe to discuss the book, which is already on a swift path to becoming a best seller.