Those were very good times. We knew that a glove, bat and ball existed; but we had no way of getting any of them. We had to make them ourselves. And I remember that in Manzanillo there was a big company that made a little 9-hole golf course. We picked up golf balls there, and took them home with us. There we'd find one of my mother or sister's socks, unraveled it, and wrapped that string around the golf ball until it was about the size of a baseball. If we found a couple of pesos, we'd take them to a shoemaker and have him put a leather cover on the ball. If we didn't, we'd look for some twine and we'd wrap it and wrap it until it was strong enough to hold up to us hitting it with the bat for some time more or less.
For a glove we used some canvas and a wire to make what we called the fish net and that was the glove that all the positions used. It looked like a first baseman's mitt, and that's what we played with. And for the bat, there was a - or there is a tree in the Dominican Republic called Guásuma, and we would cut off a branch from one of those trees, one that was pretty thick, and we would smooth it, and then set it out to dry so it would be lighter, and that's how we learned to play. Using that kind of material for the glove, ball and bat.