Baseball on the Border: A Tale of Two Laredos

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Overview

The love one feels for a sports team is closely bound to place, so what would it mean if the same professional team were to play in two different cities? And what if, additionally, those two cities were located in different countries? The Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos or, the Owls of the Two Laredos did just that: playing in the storied Mexican League, the "Tecos" represented the only binational sports franchise in the world. From 1985 to 1994, they played in home parks on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, one in Laredo, Texas, and the other in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas; they were operated by interests in both cities; and both the Mexican and American national anthems were played before each game. By focusing on how the members of the team mediated their differences in language, nationality, and culture, Alan Klein, an anthropologist specializing in sport, turns the intriguing story of the Tecos into a unique laboratory for studying the richly complex social life of the border and for complicating our understanding of how nationalism operates.
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Editorial Reviews

Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Social Policy Perspectives
This work is a superb lab experiment in the hands of a competent anthropologist like Klein as he tries to separate fantasy from reality in this dual cultural baseball experiment.... An excellent book.
— Bill Kirwin
Philadelphia Inquirer
[Klein] does a fine job of reporting, and his prose is muscular, insightful, even witty.
— Jon Caroulis
Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Social Policy Perspectives

This work is a superb lab experiment in the hands of a competent anthropologist like Klein as he tries to separate fantasy from reality in this dual cultural baseball experiment.... An excellent book.
— Bill Kirwin
Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Social Policy Perspectives - Bill Kirwin
This work is a superb lab experiment in the hands of a competent anthropologist like Klein as he tries to separate fantasy from reality in this dual cultural baseball experiment.... An excellent book.
Philadelphia Inquirer - Jon Caroulis
[Klein] does a fine job of reporting, and his prose is muscular, insightful, even witty.
American Anthropologist - Carlos Velez-Ibanez
The book is very well written. . . . It contributes greatly to the literature on the cultural basis of sport, to our understanding of the manner in which cultural inventions reflect national identity and processes, and substantiates an important insight to the idea that sport may provide a window to ongoing social change.
American Anthropologist - Carlos Velez-Ibañez
The book is very well written. . . . It contributes greatly to the literature on the cultural basis of sport, to our understanding of the manner in which cultural inventions reflect national identity and processes, and substantiates an important insight to the idea that sport may provide a window to ongoing social change.
American Anthropologist
The book is very well written. . . . It contributes greatly to the literature on the cultural basis of sport, to our understanding of the manner in which cultural inventions reflect national identity and processes, and substantiates an important insight to the idea that sport may provide a window to ongoing social change.
— Carlos Velez-Ibañez
American Anthropologist
The book is very well written. . . . It contributes greatly to the literature on the cultural basis of sport, to our understanding of the manner in which cultural inventions reflect national identity and processes, and substantiates an important insight to the idea that sport may provide a window to ongoing social change.
— Carlos Velez-Ibanez
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Winner of the 1997 Book of the Year, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport

"This work is a superb lab experiment in the hands of a competent anthropologist like Klein as he tries to separate fantasy from reality in this dual cultural baseball experiment.... An excellent book."—Bill Kirwin, Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Social Policy Perspectives

"[Klein] does a fine job of reporting, and his prose is muscular, insightful, even witty."—Jon Caroulis, Philadelphia Inquirer

"The book is very well written. . . . It contributes greatly to the literature on the cultural basis of sport, to our understanding of the manner in which cultural inventions reflect national identity and processes, and substantiates an important insight to the idea that sport may provide a window to ongoing social change."—Carlos Velez-Ibañez, American Anthropologist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691007441
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 3
Pt. 1 Origins 15
1 A Brief History of the Two Laredos 17
2 Early Baseball on the Border 32
3 Nationalizing the Game 66
Pt. 2 Becoming Tecos 115
4 The Players and the Team 117
5 Culture and Masculinity on the Tecos 151
Pt. 3 The River Joins and the River Divides 171
6 1993: The Best of Times 173
7 1994: The Worst of Times 204
Acknowledgments 239
Appendix A Bibliographic Essay: Border and Nationalisms 243
Appendix B Methods and Perspective 260
Notes 267
Index 289
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