Synonymous with baseball, as well as with his epic socialist movement, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro autographed this baseball at the height of his rebellion against Fulgencio Batista’s regime. The Official Carolina League orb shows diamond use and is signed: “Para Bertha De Su Amigo – Fidel Castro.” Executed in black ink, Castro’s flowing penmanship and signature projects (“8”) strength and clarity. On an adjacent panel, Rene Solis has penned: “Para Bertha Con Un Sincero Recuerdo – Agosto 12/1955.” Solis’ scripting (“7-8” strength) is accented by a lavish paraph. Full photo LOA from PSA/DNA. More on our website.
On an adjacent panel, “Greenville South Carolina” is inscribed in an unknown hand. With high probability, this pinpoints the signing to a 1955 Carolina League game, as Solis (a Cuban native and presumably a friend of Castro) pitched for both the Winston-Salem Twins and Highpoint-Thomasville Hi-Toms that year. Supporting this theory, Castro fled Cuba that year, fearing arrest in the wake of bombings and violent demonstrations against Batista’s forces. While apocryphal legend has it that Castro tried out for at least one Major League team, he was basically an ardent fan whose “play” was limited to sandlot endeavors, as his skills were not impressive to professional teams (well, until Ozzie Guillen came along).