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Baseball is considered the national sport of Cuba. It was first played on the island around 1865-1866. According to some information gathered, the first Baseball Championship in Cuba was held in 1878 and it was organised by Emilio Saborit, who was the manager of Havana's team. Sometime earlier, in 1874, the first two teams were formed.

On December 27, of that same year, a team played the first baseball game from Matanzas against Havana. This game took place in the historic Palmar de Junco Stadium, in the province of Matanzas. The Almendares Park baseball stadium was opened in 1881 on Carlos III Avenue and Ayestaran.

By the end of the 19th century and beginnings of the 20th other countries in the American continent began to play baseball. The 1st Amateur Baseball Championship was held in Havana in 1905. Later, Cuba's National Baseball Amateur League was founded in 1914. This League continued its championships for more than 45 continuous years. Other minor leagues were also created in the rest of the island.

Boxing is the sport in which Cuba has received the most world titles. A total of 23 medals have been won for world titles and Olympics events. All sports in Cuba are considered as amateur league and thus Cuban boxers do not challenge widely publicised professional "world titles". Titles are as follows: 23 gold medals, 12 silver medals and 5 bronzes for the Olympic games.

Alcides Sagarra, founder since 1960, of the Cuban boxing Association has trained some redoubtable boxers for the Cuban teams.He also considered as the best trainer on the island by aficionados. Within his portfolio of boxers you can find names such as, Teófilo Stevenson, Félix Savón and Maikro Romero who have achieved apparelled results in the sport of punching and defence world-wide.

For up-to-date Sports information, sports stars and general information on sports in Cuba: www.cubasport.com
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