The Lost Son of Havana, a documentary about former major league pitcher Luis Tiant and his attempt to reconnect with his Cuban roots, makes its local premiere Friday night at 7 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Here's our review of the film.
The Lost Son of Havana (US, 2009) Former big-league hurler Luis Tiant is the subject of this terrific documentary directed by Jonathan Hock. Tiant, one of the first Cubans to play in the majors, came into the league with the Cleveland Indians. He had a stellar career that found him notching over 20 wins in 1968 and winning a couple of World Series games for the Boston Red Sox, throwing an astonishing 173 pitches in one of the wins. The film follows Tiant as he returns to Havana for the first time in 36 years, visiting old friends and stopping at the playground where he first learned to play ball as he tries to make peace with his past. An affable character who’s always chomping on a cigar, Tiant is a great subject as he’s both kind and colorful, openly sharing old baseball stories and family memories. Stick around for the end credits where you can see Tiant hamming it up with present-day major league players. *** 1/2 (Niesel)