The 113th anniversary of the birth of Martín Dihigo Llanos, the most complete of Cuban baseball players of all times, was celebrated on May 25th with great rejoicing in the city of Matanzas, where the so-called Immortal Baseball, took its first steps in this exciting sport.
The day began with the traditional pilgrimage from the current La Estrella Park, where one day the Market Square of the city was built, taking the avenue that has been named Martín Dihigo for 30 years, to San Carlos Street, where is the obelisk that perpetuates his memory.
This time the parade was started by the members of the Latin American Classic Motorcycle Club LAMA, from Matanzas, followed by the baseball teams of children from the community project of the city and the municipality of Boyeros who carried our Cuban flag, accompanied by their parents and coaches, as well as sports glories and people in general.
Lázaro Amador, on behalf of Martin’s friends, deposited a wreath in front of the plaque dedicated to the illustrious Matanzas, and then the historian Alfredo Santana recalled the process for the Municipal Assembly of Popular Power to designate this avenue with the name it has from the year 1989.
Silvio del Fresno, who was one of the organizers of the construction of the place where the obelisk is, referred to the transfer of the stone found by the Matanzas sculptor Agustín Drake to that place and the support of local bodies in the execution of the work. Passages from the life of the only Cuban baseball player, whose name appears in five Halls of Fame in the world, were mentioned by analysts Ismael Sené and Reynaldo González Villalonga.
In the conclusions, Luis Octavio Hernández, artisan from Matanzas who recently directed the Biennial in Matanzas with great success, offered a summary of the works dedicated to the sport made during the days of the cultural event, especially in the Palmar de Junco, and reaffirmed the support to the Hall of Fame “the only one existing in Cuba, so far, and the one that the Cuban Association of Artisan Artists will always have in mind so that it can continue, to the pride of all”.
The day of tribute to Martin Dihigo on his 113th anniversary was successfully concluded at the Palmar de Junco stadium, where students from the Antonio Luis Moreno primary school, in the Pueblo Nuevo neighborhood, made gymnastic tables and traditional games and with the small players from Matanzas and Boyeros later visited the Museum of Fame, where they received a wide explanation of the sporting glories that have their plaques of recognition in the place. Former Matanzas player Felix Isasi placed a wreath next to the giant square dedicated to Martín Dihigo.
As expected, in the party dedicated to this great player could not miss a game between the children of Havana and Matanzas, nor the mandatory meeting of sports historians of the two provinces to toast the glory of Don Martin, El Immortal.