The first visit of an American president to Cuba since Calvin Coolidge in 1928. This photograph of former President Jimmy Carter and Fidel Castro was taken at Latin American Stadium on May 14th, 2002. In the photograph, President Carter is warming up to throw the first pitch at the Latin American All-Star baseball game. Signed by President Carter in black marker with a rare full signature. A fine copy.
This 5-day visit to Cuba by a president of the United States was credited with allowing future President Barack Obama to visit Cuba as a sitting president, fourteen years later, in 2016. This visit by Carter, while approved but not supported by the Bush administration, was also credited with the release of some political prisoners and gestures towards improved relations with the United States.