Meet the Authors Presented by Hanover Council on Aging & the John Curtis Free Library
at the Hanover Council on Aging,
665 Center Street, Hanover MA
Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.; doors open at 6:00 pm.
Light refreshments; prizes.
6:30 pm: Author talk, award and Q&A
7:30 pm: Book sales & signings
BOOKS FOR PURCHASE AND SIGNING PROVIDED BY STORYBOOK COVE
José Ramirez, author of Cuba and the "Last" Baseball Season. The migration of Cuban born baseball players since the 1800s to the present time to and from their homeland serves as the foundation of a significant period of time in the Cuban baseball history. The primary focus of this book is the story about Cuban baseball players who learned of their inability to pursue their dreams to play professional baseball in their home country, following the decision by the Castro regime to abolish professional baseball at the end of the 1960-61 season. Players were faced with the dilemma to either leave behind their family, home, friends and their beloved homeland, in order to play baseball professionally knowing they may never see them again. The alternative was to stay at home and pursue a different and uncertain way of life. Seeking advice in private from their parents given their very young age or very trusted people became a necessity. This is not simply another baseball story, it is about the personal struggle these men and their families endured, and the heart-wrenching judgement they had to make during a relatively short period of time while they still had a choice to make such a decision.
José I. Ramírez was born in Cuba and came to the United States at the age of fifteen as part of what is known today as Operation Pedro Pan as one of the 14,048 unaccompanied children that left Cuba 1960-62. Over fifty years ago, he married Judy and they have two sons (José Jr. and Jason). José obtained a Master’s degree from Boston University, had a 40 year career in human resources with an emphasis on Employee Relations and International practices, and taught at the University level for ten years. He consulted and taught on multicultural and inclusion matters towards the end of his career. He also delved into writing on a set of topics reflecting the diversity of his interests. In the academic field, he was a contributor to a paper formally presented at the Oxford University International Conference on Social Values entitled “A Perspective on Corporate Control and Local Responsiveness in the Policy Formulation Process.” He also coauthored an article published in the International Human Resources Journal entitled “When is a Worldwide Human Resources Policy Desirable?”
Following his full retirement, he translated, edited, and published a book entitled Notas y Recuerdos Notes and Memories, a set of stories about his father’s experiences in Cuba as a medical student and as a medical doctor in the countryside. He has also authored, co-authored, translated and contributed to a set of biographies for SABR (Society for American Baseball Research). Some of these include Rodolfo (Rudy) Arias, Paulino Casanova, Antonio (Tony) González, Francisco (Panchón) Herrera, Antonio (Tony) Taylor, Jacinto (Jackie) Hernández and Lázaro (Cholly) Naranjo and an article for the Southern Genealogist’s Exchange Quarterly. He authored Defining Moments A Cuban Exile’s Story about Discovery and the Search for a Better Future which relates the story of his arrival to the United States as a refugee and subsequent trips back to Cuba. Writing and editing Huellas and Footprints culminated a long held commitment to gather his family’s history. His most recent book is Cuba and the “Last” Baseball Season. A story not previously written in great detail about the last professional baseball in his home country that captures the sacrifice that players and their families endured during that time.