Away Games: The Life and Times of a Latin Baseball Player

Away Games: The Life and Times of a Latin Baseball Player

by Marcos Bretón, José Luis Villegas
     
 

In Away Games, first published in 1999, award-winning journalists Marcos Bretón and José Luis Villegas examine the story of Latin America baseball as seen through the eyes of Miguel Tejada, a young Dominican shortstop and one of many promising Latin American prospects who began his big league career with the Oakland A's organization.

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In Away Games, first published in 1999, award-winning journalists Marcos Bretón and José Luis Villegas examine the story of Latin America baseball as seen through the eyes of Miguel Tejada, a young Dominican shortstop and one of many promising Latin American prospects who began his big league career with the Oakland A's organization.

Just as African American players electrified baseball in the 1950s, Latino ballplayers are transforming America's past time today. Sammy Sosa, Pedro Martinez and his brother Ramon, Raul Mondesi, Manny Ramirez, and Vladimir Guerrero--they are baseball's future, and they come from places most Americans have never heard of and from lives most Americans could never even imagine. This riveting tale of Tejada's journey from the barrios to the starting lineup of a major league team gives voice to every kid's dream of playing baseball. For some the dream ends in glory and riches, for others in harsh reality and failed potential. The story of Latino baseball is an incredible tale--baseball's last, great untold story.

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Editorial Reviews

USA Today
Tejada and his countrymen are well served by Away Games, a journal of just how much they have and must overcome.
Island Magazine
Baseball in the dominican republic, it should be noted, didn't begin with Sammy Sosa. In Away Games: The Life and Times of a Latin Ball Player co-authors Marcos Bretón and José Luis Villegas chronicle not only the tale of Miguel Tejada, a young Dominican shortstop trying to play his way onto the roster of the Oakland As, but also recount the history of Latin baseball players in major leagues - including some who played decades before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier 52 years ago. It's a timely story of the passion for sport - and perseverance.
Nicholas Dawidoff
It's a familiar story in many ways, the intersection of poverty, athletics and capitalism....very raw....[I]t's also powerful and, at times, it really moves.
The New York Times Book Review
Kirkus Reviews
A clutch hit revealing the miseria ("misery") of the impoverished, lonely, and disdained Latino baseball players, both before and after the two percent of prospects get a chance in the grandes ligas ("big leagues").

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826322326
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
01/01/2000
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.99(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.65(d)

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