Armando Marsans: A Cuban Pioneer in the Major Leagues

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Armando Marsans, who joined the Cincinnati Reds in 1911, was the first Cuban star of the major leagues. Events in baseball have often mirrored America's social development-Jackie Robinson's breaking of the color barrier is one example-and the story of Armando Marsans has much to teach about the United States and Latin America during the early 20th century.

In detailing the career of Marsans, this work also recapitulates baseball history in ...
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Overview


Armando Marsans, who joined the Cincinnati Reds in 1911, was the first Cuban star of the major leagues. Events in baseball have often mirrored America's social development-Jackie Robinson's breaking of the color barrier is one example-and the story of Armando Marsans has much to teach about the United States and Latin America during the early 20th century.

In detailing the career of Marsans, this work also recapitulates baseball history in Cuba and describes the early development of professional baseball in America. Examples of how Americans reacted to Marsans as a player and a person, and the prevalence of Latino stereotypes during this era, are fully explored. Part biography, part sociological study, this book introduces the reader to a physically gifted player and to a young, powerful America struggling to find its own identity in its new ethnic makeup.

About the Author
Peter T. Toot lives in Austin, Texas
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786415847
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/19/2003
  • Edition description: ALT
  • Pages: 197
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter T. Toot lives in Canton, Ohio.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Preface 1
1. Homecoming 3
2. Foreigners in a Foreign Land 11
3. Opportunity 31
4. Opportunity Seized 47
5. 1913 65
6. Conflict 77
7. No-Man's Land 103
8. Resolution 113
9. In the American League 125
10. Frustration 139
11. New York 145
12. A Belated Return 151
13. The Other Side of Segregation 159
14. A Pioneer to the End 163
15. Game Called 171
Chapter Notes 175
Bibliography 181
Index 185
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