Cuban baseball delegation member defects
Sources: Not a ballplayer; other Cubans missing
May 4, 1999
BALTIMORE (CNN) -- At least one person from the delegation that accompanied Cuba's national baseball team to Baltimore is seeking asylum in the United States and at least two others from the group are missing, law enforcement sources told CNN on Tuesday. The unidentified defector is not a member of the Cuban all-star team that beat the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.
The 300-member Cuban delegation, including 30 baseball players, returned to Havana on Tuesday.
The sources said the defector is currently being processed by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
In addition to the defector, from two to four members of the Cuban delegation did not board a chartered passenger jet that left Baltimore-Washington International Airport early Tuesday morning for the return flight, the sources said.
Miami-based Cuban-American sports agent Joe Cubas, who has helped several Cuban baseball players defect, told CNN, "I do not have any idea who this might be."
Cubas confirms he had contacts with "a lot of the players" coming to Baltimore but security was tight and the players "were rushed out of there" following the game.
All 30 players from Cuba's national baseball team were on stage with President Fidel Castro Tuesday at a Havana celebration in honor of the team's 12-6 victory.
The win avenged a 3-2 Cuban loss to Baltimore March 28 in Havana, in a game that had made the Orioles the first Major League U.S. club to play on Cuban soil in four decades.
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