Just two years after the National League was founded in 1876, the first Cuban baseball league was established. Fast forward to the present and baseball is a part of life for many Cubans. Officially known as the "Cuban National League", the current top level of play came into being in 1961, shortly after Fidel Castro did away with the original league. Given their resources and bare subsistence level of pay, the number of outstanding players produced by the Cuban league may seem astonishing, but they pretty much eat, sleep and breathe baseball. Those who are as passionate about collecting baseball memorabilia as Cubans are about playing the game, know how tough it is to score items from the Communist island nation.
A rare opportunity knocks with this modern era Cuban National League game-worn baseball jersey lot of (4). All of these gamers present handsomely, with vibrant colors and light to moderate authentic wear.
Orelvis Alvia Marrero number "23" Sabuesos de Holguín white jersey with blue sleeves, outlined number patches and a team logo patch on the left sleeve. Marrero was an ace pitcher during the early 2000s and was a coach when he wore this jersey. No size is indicated.
Ariel Borrero number "53" Naranjas de Villa Clara white jersey with orange sleeves, black number patches, a team logo patch on the left sleeve and a "Campeon" patch on the right sleeve. The "Oranges won the last of their eight championships in 2012-2013 and it's probable that Borrero wore this gamer the following season. Borrero played more than twenty years and turned in an excellent record, including a .310 lifetime batting average, and he also played for the Cuban National Team. No size is indicated.
Chavez Liuver Reyes number "40" Alazanes de Granma blue jersey with red sleeves, gray team lettering, red number patches and a team logo patch on the left sleeve. Reyes enjoyed just a brief stint in the Cuban NL, but posted a stellar 1.167 OPS. Two patches on the back of this jersey have a small bit of surface peeling up, on the letter "R" of Reyes and the number "0". A size "36" tag is located inside the collar.
Alberto Soto number "16" Alazanes de Granma white jersey with blue sleeves and dark blue number patches. The team logo patch has been removed from the left sleeve, with just bits of adhesive residue remaining. The team logo patch on the left breast is a Granma letter "G" surrounding a shooting star. Soto was a pitcher for Granma from 2005-2016. A size "38" tag is located inside the collar.