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Game 5 To Be Broadcast to Cuba

October 23, 1997

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Game 5 of the World Series will be broadcast to Cuba via U.S. government-run Radio and TV Marti on Thursday night.

NBC has exclusive rights to the Series, but Major League Baseball allowed the game to be broadcast live to the Communist island because Cuban-born Livan Hernandez is scheduled to pitch for the Florida Marlins against the Cleveland Indians.

The hope is Cubans, and especially Hernandez’s family, will be able to tune in, said Sen. Connie Mack, of Florida, who requested the special arrangement for the game.

Hernandez’s mother has received permission from U.S. authorities to fly to Miami to watch her son pitch but the Cuban government has yet to approve the necessary exit permits that would allow her to leave.

The 22-year-old rookie, who defected in 1995, has won three games in the Marlins’ playoff run and was selected MVP in the NL championship series.

Broadcasting the game to Cuba doesn’t necessarily mean those on the island will actually hear it. Cuba routinely jams TV Marti broadcasts and Radio Marti is a often just a crackling wayside on the airwaves.

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