El Maquinista: Our Hero’s Nephew (Aside 1)

Before forging ahead with our main subject, the post-trade career of Sílvano Nieves—whose journey through the vagaries of nineteenth-century professional baseball in Puerto Rico was much more precarious than his uncle’s, and therefore much more typical—merits fuller mention. Informe There are two major reasons why a man nearly fifty years old, two years removed fromContinue reading “El Maquinista: Our Hero’s Nephew (Aside 1)”

El Maquinista: Maunabo, October 1891 (Prologue)

In those days, Maunabo still relished its privacy—or, more accurately, still had privacy to relish. The previous summer, the railroad men in San Juan (in their infinite wisdom) had sent their hired German engineer, with his big bushy yellow beard and his haphazardly-stored explosives and his crew of indefatigable carrileros, to poke around the SierraContinue reading “El Maquinista: Maunabo, October 1891 (Prologue)”