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A peek back: the West Pointer who played professional baseball

A peek back: the West Pointer who played professional baseball

WEST POINT— The year is 1947.

Just as Jackie Robinson was breaking the color barrier to become the first African-American to play Major League Baseball, West Point native Louis Louden was playing for a championship-winning National Negro League baseball team.

Louis Louden, nicknamed "Lou" by his teammates, played catcher for the New York Cubans, a team of African-American and Latin American men.

In an era when the New York Yankees, Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants dominated New York's baseball scene, the Cubans also shared the spotlight as they piled up win after win, eventually beating the Cleveland Buckeyes in the Negro World Series Championship...

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