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“Cuba Loves Baseball”: National Geographic photographer talks art, culture, baseball

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A report by Madison Noordhoek for the UMKC’s University News.

Whether it be a bag of peanuts, an iconic bobble head or a 6-4-3 double play, baseball has long been not only America’s favorite pastime, but also Cuba’s.

American photographer Ira Block has visited Cuba several times as a National Geographic photographer. He decided to return for a three-year period to capture baseball’s cultural influence in Cuba. Block shared his work at Kansas City’s Negro League Baseball Museum Saturday afternoon.

“I wanted to document how the sport permeated and influenced Cuban culture,” Block said. “I wanted to show the way that people relate to the sport and then turn it all into an upbeat book. There’s so much negativity going on in the world today and the way sport affects culture is very uplifting and positive. The people there truly love the game.”

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