Building the Bridge
Havana is among the most passionate baseball cities in the world. Thousands of former Major and Minor League players, managers, umpires and club executives have passed through the city. Through Baseball Havana, we’ll carry that legacy into the 21st century.
Reprinted with permission of The Baltimore Sun Media Group

About Us

The Caribbean Baseball Initiative is led by veteran Minor League baseball team owner Lou Schwechheimer and has brought together executives with over 200 years of experience in Major League and Minor League Baseball. With a world-class advisory board and a long-term vision for using baseball to build a bridge to our Caribbean neighbors, CBI has secured the following:

Baseball Havana

Havana, Cuba

Since 2003, Baseball Havana has created goodwill initiatives in both the United States and Cuba using baseball to build a bridge between the two countries.

Charlotte Stone Crabs

Port Charlotte, FL

CBI owns the majority interest of the Charlotte Stone Crabs, Florida State League High-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.

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New Orleans Baby Cakes

New Orleans, LA

CBI owns the controlling interest of the New Orleans Baby Cakes, Pacific Coast League Triple-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins.

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the stars of yesterday, TODAY AND TOMORROW

the stars of yesterday, TODAY AND TOMORROW

Professional baseball has been absent from Cuba since 1960. Today, as the relationship between the United States and Cuba continues to evolve, Baseball Havana has the unique opportunity to connect the two countries through clinics, workshops, symposia, conferences and games. Baseball Havana will foster good will and personal relationships through our nations’ pastime.

Photo Credit: Jean Fruth / National Baseball Hall of Fame Library

Board of Directors

Caribbean Educational and Baseball Foundation

CBI has endeavored to build a bridge to the Caribbean by forming a charitable foundation to enhance the quality of life in the communities in which we operate and serve the public. Our Foundation’s Board includes top industry professionals from Major League and Minor League Baseball, as well as individuals from business, arts, government and the academic community.

H. James Brown

H. James Brown

Dr. Brown was Associate of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University.  A specialist in land use, housing and regional economics, he was president and CEO of the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy; and director of the MIT/Harvard Joint Center for Urban Studies. Dr. Brown served as a consultant to China during the transition to a free market economy, and has extensive experience in Cuba, forming an international team that worked with the Integrated Development of the Capital, a redevelopment and neighborhood rehabilitation organization.

Barry Butera

Barry Butera

A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Mr. Butera is currently principal and owner of Lake Castle Madisonville Private School in Madisonville, LA.  Following a brilliant career at Tulane University, where Mr. Butera lead the Green Wave to the Metro Conference Tournament Championship as an All Tourney selection, he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1977. His professional career, cut short by injury, Mr. Butera has for the last 21 years dedicated his life to working with youngsters in both the educational and athletic fields.  His students have excelled at the finest universities in the country while nine, concluding World Series hero Will Clark have been drafted by Major League clubs.  Mr Butera was inducted into the Tulane Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992.

LARRY CANCRO

LARRY CANCRO

Mr. Cancro is a 37-year veteran of Major League Baseball. As Senior Vice President of Fenway Affairs, Mr. Cancro helped the Boston Red Sox set 6 club season attendance records and was responsible for bringing Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, and many others live to Fenway Park. Mr. Cancro is vice-chairman of the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the President of the New England Chapter of Autism Speaks, and a member of the board of Directors for Mellark-New England.

Anani Dzidzienyo

Anani Dzidzienyo

Professor Dzidzienyo is Associate Professor of Afro-American Studies and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown University, specializing in the study of race in Latin America, where his work often examines the intersection of sports and politics.  He is Brown’s director of graduate studies and a member of the executive committee of the university’s Center for Latin American Studies at the Watson Institute. He is a member of the International Advisory Committee, African Diaspora Research Project and travels the globe organizing and participating in international conferences.

Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria

Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria

Professor Gonzalez Echevarria is Sterling Professor of Comparative Literature at Yale University.  Born in Sagua La Grande, Cuba he is author and editor of many books, including the acclaimed “The Pride of Havana: A History of Cuban Baseball.”  A Guggeneheim Fellow recipient he has been awarded honorary doctorates from Colgate University, The University of South Florida and Columbia University.  He was awarded the NationalHumanities Medal by President Obama at the White House in 2010.

Renée Evangelista

Renée Evangelista

Ms. Evangelista is a partner at Howland Evangelista Kohlenberg Burnett LLP. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for Trusts & Estates and as one of New England’s Top 50 Women in Law for her significant accomplishments in law, advocacy and business. Renée’s distinguished career spans over 24 years, including her service as a board member/advisor to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, The Anthony Quinn Foundation and the Women’s Sports Foundation.

Ambassador MARC GROSSMAN

Ambassador MARC GROSSMAN

Ambassador Grossman, a distinguished diplomat, is currently Vice Chairman of The Cohen Group, a top international strategic advisory firm in Washington, D.C. From 2011 – 2012, Ambassador Grossman served as President Obama’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. During his 29 years in the Foreign Service, he served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the State Department’s third ranking official, and U.S. ambassador to Turkey, among other positions.

James Healey

James Healey

Mr. Healey is president and trustee of the Yawkey Foundations, which honor former Boston Red Sox owners Tom and Jean Yawkey’s commitment to children, families and the underserved. He enjoyed a distinguished career as Senior Vice President of the Boston Red Sox, during which he launched NESN and the building of the Red Sox spring training complex in Ft. Myers, Florida.

Jordan Kobritz

Jordan Kobritz

Dr. Kobritz is a Professor and Chair of the Sport Management Department at State University of New York, Cortland. A former attorney and prosecutor, Jordan owned two Minor League Baseball teams, The Maine Guides in the International League and the Daytona Cubs in the Florida State League. He is a Limited Partner in and Senior Advisor to CBI and serves as the Director of the Charlotte Stone Crabs, Florida State League affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Annie Life

Annie Life

Ms. Life, a Limited Partner of CBI is a veteran athlete, coach and community leader. Her baseball career began with the Pawtucket Red Sox Club in 1979. She then launched a distinguished career in the health care industry. A CPR Instructor and PADI SCUBA Dive-master, Ms. Life volunteers at heath care and day care facilities in Honduras. She remains an avid participant in fundraising activities for the ALS Foundation, St. Jude’s Hospital, and Breast Cancer Awareness.

Lou Schwechheimer

Lou Schwechheimer

Mr. Schwechheimer is the CEO and Managing General Partner of Caribbean Baseball Initiative, the entity that owns a controlling interest in the New Orleans Baby Cakes and Charlotte Stone Crabs. A veteran of Minor League Baseball, Lou is a former minority owner of the Pawtucket Red Sox, a franchise that earned virtually every national award in professional baseball under his stewardship.

Micho Spring

Micho Spring

A native of Havana, Cuba, Ms. Spring is Chair of Weber Shandwick’s Global Corporate practice and President of it’s Boston office. She founded and Co-Chairs Friends of Caritas Cubana, is a member of the Board of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, a Director of NBH Holdings Corp. and Vice Chairman of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Spring, a former deputy mayor of Boston, has been named one of the “20 Most Powerful Women” by Boston Magazine.

 

Matthew White

Matthew White

Mr. White is the Chief Operating Officer of CBI and will oversee the operations of the Port Charlotte Stone Crabs, and the New Orleans Baby Cakes. Previously, Matt served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Pawtucket Red Sox for 15 years. He is a member of the University of Rhode Island Accounting Advisory Board, the URI Finance Committee, the Pawtucket Foundation Board, and a Trustee of the Pawtucket Red Sox Charitable Foundation.

Photo Credit: Jean Fruth / National Baseball Hall of Fame Library

Press

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06.09.2016   |   OurSports Central

Port Charlotte, Fla. – During the 2015 offseason, the Charlotte Stone Crabs were purchased by a group headed by Veteran Minor League owner Lou Schwechheimer. One of the members of the new ownership group, Annie Life, will be joining the Stone Crabs ground crew for a three-game stretch, from June 13-15, when the Dunedin Blue Jays visit Charlotte Sports Park.

11.28.2015   |   The New York Times

HAVANA — A minibus of Americans rumbled through a city in transformation, past the run-down housing and round-the-clock construction, the sparsely stocked bodegas and chic new restaurants, to a reception at the residence of the American chargés d’affaires. The hint of change teased the November night.

11.30.2015   |   Sports Nola

METAIRIE – The wheels were set in motion for Monday’s announcement at Zephyr Field a year ago at the Winter Meetings in San Diego.

It took just a handshake to firm up an agreement between Don Beaver, the owner of the Z’s for two decades, and longtime minor league executive Lou Schwechheimer. Schwechheimer would purchase a 50-percent interest and take over day-to-day management of the club.

11.30.2015   |   MILB.com

At a press conference on Monday afternoon, Donald C. Beaver, Owner and CEO of the New Orleans Zephyrs, announced that a company located in North Kingstown, Rhode Island has purchased a 50% interest in the New Orleans Zephyrs franchise.

Photo Credit: Jean Fruth / National Baseball Hall of Fame Library

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