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Anti-Castro Demonstrators Converge on Cuban Pitcher at Yankee Stadium

July 28, 1963 - Eight anti-Castro demonstrators ran out on the field at Yankee Stadium today and wrapped a Cuban flag around the shoulders of Camilo Pascual of the Minnesota Twins, who was pitching against the Yanks. The four girls and four young men left the field peacefully when special park policemen came to escort them through the Minnesota dugout. The demonstrators were booked for disorderly conduct at the 44th Precinct in the Bronx. In night court, Judge Kenneth Phipps fined each defendant $5. The incident occurred in the second inning of the opening game of a doubleheader. Pascual, a native Cuban, was startled when the demonstrators appeared. They carried a white banner saying “United to Liberate Cuba.” Pascual appeared shocked and embarrassed. The television cameras did not pick up the action. It is the policy of the Yankees and WPIX-TV not to televise disturbances. Twins manager Sam Mele was concerned the pitcher was upset and asked permission from plate umpire Ed Runge and Yankee manager Ralph Houk to talk to Pascual and not have that count as one of the two visits permissible to the mound by a manager under the rule which demands the hurler’s automatic removal with the second visit. Both Runge and Houk readily agreed. Mele spoke briefly with Pascual, who then ended the inning by retiring Tony Kubek. The Stadium crowd gave Pascual a sympathetic round of applause when he led off the Minnesota third inning at bat just after the incident. Camilo is a refugee who fled Castro two years ago, losing all his property and the money he had in Cuban banks. He now lives in Miami. He and the Twins beat the Yankees, 5-1, in the opener. The Twins lost the second game, 3-2.

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