Well, in Cuba when I was growing up, we didn't have too much information about the Major League baseball. We didn't see too many games. And we were listening. My father was a baseball fan. He listened to the games in Cuba, the Winter Ball. That's what we followed most. We followed the Winter Ball. We had four teams playing in Havana and we heared the games on the radio and I followed all of my heroes.
All the heroes on the teams in Cuba were from Cuba. Minnie Miñoso was one of the big names over there and everybody wanted to be like Minnie Miñoso. But there's a lot of, all the players who play in the big leagues like Tony Taylor and [Chico] Fernández and [Camilio] Pasqual and [Pedro] Ramos and some of those are players we followed. I listened to them on the radio when they played Winter Ball.
Miñoso was the big name in Cuba at that time. He played for the White Sox. He was a great player and when we saw him play in Cuba, everybody liked him. Everybody wanted to be Minnie Miñoso.
Well [Martín] Dihigo, I never saw him play because he was before me. When I played with his son, I met Dihigo in Havana, and my father used to see him play. He talked about Dihigo like he was the best all-around players in the whole world for Cuba. He played every position on the infield and on the outfield. He was a great hero and unbelievable player.