|Jackie Robinson signs autographs during Spring Training in Havana, Cuba, a few months before his Major League debut in 1947.|
|Almendares Manager Adolfo Luque, was a fierce competitor in the majors. Pitching for the Reds much of his career, he won 194 major league games including 27 in the 1923 season. He was a Dodger for two seasons (1930-31) .|
It should be noted that though the perception exists that Rickey moving the Dodgers would allow the Dodgers black players to avoid Jim Crow laws of the south. The reality of the situation was that Cuba too had segregated accommodations for their players. The Dodger stars stayed at the plush Nacional Hotel while Robinson, Campanella, and Newcombe were lodged in dumpy third rate hotel.