Spanish American War
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The Spanish American War was the result of Cuba's revolution against Spain, which prompted the United States to intervene in Cuba's favor. Cuba was granted independence after the was, but the intervened in the country's affairs for years following the War. The war also led to the US gaining control of Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines.
Several major league and Negro League baseball players served during the War. The most notable impact in baseball, though, was the cancellation of the 1894-1895 Cuban Winter League; the league did not play a full season again until 1899.