Peter C. Bjarkman is author of A History of Cuban Baseball, 1864-2006 and a senior writer at

Ancient Hurler

The last time Conrado Marrero pitched in the majors, Eisenhower was two years into his first term. But it’s the Cuban pitcher’s stats outside MLB that made him extraordinary.

Foul Ball

The baseball world has been stunned by reports the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig was smuggled from his homeland by a drug cartel, and a Miami gangster allegedly now owns 20% of his contract.