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Review: The Lost Son of Havana

A fascinating look inside Cuba
By TOM MEEK  |  April 15, 2009
3.0 3.0 Stars

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Red Sox legend Luis Tiant left his native Cuba for pro baseball in 1961 and hadn't been back in 46 years. Then some diplomatic finagling (it's illegal for US citizens to travel to Cuba) and a loophole in the Cuban amateur-league rules (director Jonathan Hock's documentary-film crew posed as a ball team and played the Cubans) landed him on his native soil. The return is bittersweet, with recollections of his mound triumphs eclipsed by memories of his parents and a reunion with indigent surviving relatives. The look inside Cuba fascinates, as does the account of Tiant's odyssey to the majors — his father played in the Negro leagues and on one occasion whiffed the mighty Babe.

SOMERVILLE THEATRE: APRIL 25 at 8 PM | WITH DIRECTOR JONATHAN HOCK, NARRATOR CHRIS COOPER, AND LUIS TIANT

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