Passionate about sport and its history

At 91 years old, he no longer remembers all the details of each anecdote or the names of each player - known or not - of this or that team; however, in his file you can find many data and curious details that very few have ever heard or read.

Talking to Marcos Loaces for a while is a journey through the sport history in San Cristobal, Pinar del Río and international one , and above all through the Baseball Sugar League.

As tireless compiler of numbers, statistics and sporting curiosity that he finds , Marcos almost does not speak of himself, always jumps for some anecdote or gives details of any sports subject that I mention.

Lover of physical activity since young, especially our national sport , he spent his early life among bats, balls and sugar cane. "I was never a great player, I just defended myself, but that was the only fun for the poor before 1959," he says.

In the forties of the last century he began to work in the old San Cristóbal sugar mill , there he was a sugar leader and he even met Jesús Menéndez; also there he started playing organized baseball.

"Since then I started saving data and looking for statistics, I just got passionate. History is very beautiful and full of details, the more you know about it the better you can interpret your environment. In sport the same happens , we must study the best ones to know them and expect to be like them ".

With the creation of the National Institute of Physical Education and Recreation Sports(INDER), the figures of the municipal sports historians emerge, and he was one of the founders of that program and Inder.

But he did not devote himself to that, he worked in the sugar mill and he studied. "In 1964, thanks to the Revolution, I became a sugar chemist, and I took everything together until 1992, when I dedicated myself entirely to the Baseball Sugar League (LAB), from the base to the national level.

"From that event I compiled their records and champions, in addition to a great amount of data that are already being processed to be published in a book. I also keep works that I published in the national press about their history. "

And he remembers one in particular, written just after the former Sugar Ministry declared itself unable to guarantee resources for the LAB. "I titled it the end of the Sugar League, and it came out in Trabajadores nwespaper ; when Fidel read it, he immediately guaranteed us personally everything necessary to celebrate that season, "he recalls proudly.

Not a second of rest

"When you reach this age everything is more difficult, but I still keep up to date, I search the newspapers for the results of the competitions and write down any relevant or novel data. If there is any history work I read it at once and I keep it. "
In a pen drive , as a young person who understands the technologies, he has his personal file. Thousands of megabytes of information, collected during a lifetime dedicated to safeguarding the story of two of his loves, sports and San Cristóbal township.

At 91 years Marcos Loaces, does not rest in his determination to treasure every result, record or sporting achievement; he does not settle for all the love and respect he has already earned in his homeland. He helps young students in their theses, continues to enjoy the ball and continues with his passion for keeping bits of history.


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