Castro away

10 Dec

Dear fellow Flynn fans,

when guerilla commandante Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz ousted the despised dictator Fulgencio Batista on January 1st of 1959, everybody including Errol thought Cuba would turn from US backyard brothel into Paradise Island International.…

The high hopes were fueled by the high motives of the eloquent revolutionary. Freedom and equal birth rights were the proclaimed pillars of Fidel`s philosophy. Communism seemed not a top priority. The lowest common denominator between El Maximo Lider and Karl Marx was a full beard.

Born out of wedlock under the name of Fidel Hipolito Ruz Gonzalez, Castro was the kid of a wealthy landowner and his housekeeper. Maybe the the itch of being an illegitimate child triggered the urge to become an usuper.

His birth date had to be altered by a year, in order he could attend the Jesuits` college one year earlier than allowed. At university he stood out for his crisp mind and sharp tongue at a early age too. Top baseball outings on Cuba`s canefields led to unconfirmed tryout offers by the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, but he opted for a more deceptive profession and became a lawyer.

He first brought on a law suit against Batista and when it failed to make the military leader leave his office as new Head of State, Semper Fidel organised a coup of his own with 160 men trying to take the second largest barracks with 1500 soldiers. The historic quote “History will absolve me” stems from a letter he wrote out of prison after being captured as one of few survivors.

After his release Castro fled to Mexico with his younger brother Raul, where they met perennial poster boy Ernesto “Che” Guevara, another unscrupulous idealist. The chain smoking asthmetic medic became the spark to the Castro Bros. fuze. The rest is his story:…

El Fidel would go on to control the fate and faithfuls of the largest Caribbean isle seeing 11 US presidents come and go, survive 638 assassination attempts acknowledged by the Guiness Book of Records and a nuclear Mexican stand-off at sea between Khrushchev and Kennedy.

El Flynn saw the Robin Hood in Fidel Castro when only the post of Sheriff of Nottingham was vacant.

Power seekers with brains, big egos and bank accounts will stop at nothing- today more than ever!

Hasta la Flynntoria siempre,

— shangheinz


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    December 11, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Great food for thought, muchachoheinz. Castronomically speaking, that is.

    Ever the premier showman, trailblazer and entrepreneur, Errol got one of the top news scoops in history when he road out of the Sierra Mastre with Fidel Casto and his Infidels, getting it on film!. That would have been the crown jewel in the career of any top tier war correspondent. And Flynn did it, as a mere part timer. Just astonishing.

    Regarding Comrade Castro’s often-alleged Major League baseball talents, they were nonexistent. Rumors of his being scouted by the Big Leagues were a hoax, or should I say hoaks.…

    Here’s the Bearded


    • shangheinz

      December 11, 2016 at 12:17 pm


      Had El Commandante guzzled Castrol he could have made it to show, Gentlemound Tim. While he surely would not have changed the course of baseball history, JFK may still be alive.

      • Gentleman Tim

        December 11, 2016 at 10:24 pm

        Well, diamondheinz, if the Yankees had brought Ruthless Ruz up to pitch at The House That Ruth Built, instead of lefty Whitey Ford, let’s say, then the right-handed leftie from Havana would indeed have changed Baseball history, too. How? — by ending the Yankee Dynasty in the 50s via his profound lack of pitching talent. Even as things worked out, he tried to end the (USA) Yankee Dynasty in the Western Hemisphere and around the globe, failing miserably in that regard also. His failures were Castronomical both in scope and in number.

        Embarrassing him and disgracing his regime further, The Beard went ballistic when Cuban Baseball Megastar El Duque defected to the USA and joined the “Capitalist Pig” Yankees!


        I imagine Fidel especially ended up hating the New York Yankees for taking an infidel named Whitey (WAY) ahead of him.. Here are Whitey and Mickey rescuing what appears to be either one of the many refugees who loved Castroland so much they risked their lives riding rafts to Florida, and/or perhaps one of the twin redheads who, according to Mel Brooks, visited Errol at the Waldorf Astoria prior to his alleged appearance on The Show of Shows.


  2. rswilltell

    December 13, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Thank you History Heinz for this piece on Cuba and the Flynn connection! Che conducted summary executions by firing squad of thousands of Cubans. He then advocated that Cuba not let the Russians withdraw the infamous missiles from Cuba in their deal with Kennedy to remove NATO missiles from Turkey. Castro sent him to Bolivia to start another revolution mainly to get him out of the way. Che refused to let the Bolivian Communists run their own revolution and they abandoned him with no food or funds. Che and his band began robbing the Indian peasants of the Andes that he was supposed to liberate. They turned him into the Bolivian National Police who with the CIA captured and executed him summarily on the spot! Che surrendered before his own men! The Argentine doctor Che became a beloved martyr to the revolution while Castro sighed in relief! Ralph Schiller

    • shangheinz

      December 14, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      My good pleasure, Rushstreet Ralph. Che sera sera wanted to bring the revoution to the South Americas and at that time wasn´t seeing eye to eye with El Jeffe any more.
      We must not forget that soon after the successful toppling of Batista, Castro went to New York, where he was catered, courted and complimented. When the US failed to seal a deal, Fidel looked to the Soviet Union for help. On the day JFK visited Dallas, FC is said to have spent the whole day in front of the radio. Was it payback time for the numerous failed assassination attempts on him? A little retribution for the Bay of Pigs invasion? Communist sympathizer Lee Harvey Oswald had one shot at (in)fame and I think he landed that shot right through the neck of President Kennedy. But the kill was wearing olive and came from that grassy knoll hill. Errol`s legal eagle of the later years, Melvin Belli would then take on the defence of the Oswald eliminator Jack Ruby.…

      • Gentleman Tim

        December 15, 2016 at 2:15 am

        My God dealyplazaheinz, I knew you were a polyglot, but had no idea the full extent of all you speak!



        All I have to say is “Back and to the left, back and to the left”

        • shangheinz

          December 26, 2016 at 6:10 pm


          The Zapruder tape speaks treason fluently, Umbrellaman Tim. The rest stands here:…

          • Gentleman Tim

            December 26, 2016 at 8:33 pm

            Absolutely, bookdepositoryheinz. If you focus closely on the Dealy Castle photo below (back and to the left), you can see that grisly Sir Guy of Oswald readying his crooked bow to kill our hero . … And please take special note, as confirmed in your photo above of about six seconds later, that the first shot missed.


            P.S. Here’s a rarely seen shot of Flynn in Downtown Dallas only minutes after the assassination (From the Chuck Pigham Collection)


  3. shangheinz

    January 8, 2017 at 6:10 pm


    Steve Hayes, friend of Errol and buster of Bruce, kindly took time out of his busy book writing schedule and let me know that his personal experiences of the Cuban Revolution can be read on the net.
    I have yet to find out if Flynn is in, but so can you here:…

    • Gentleman Tim

      January 10, 2017 at 4:31 pm

      This is great news! Felicitaciones Ivan/Estaban y muchas gracias guerillaheinz!