Beisbol!: Latino Baseball Pioneers and Legends

Beisbol!: Latino Baseball Pioneers and Legends

by Bruce Markusen Rodriguez, Jonah Winter
     
 

Baseball, known as America's favorite pastime, is a favorite sport in Latin America as well. In this fascinating and colorfully written collection of profiles, author/illustrator Jonah Winter -- following the success of FAIR BALL!, his earlier book on the Negro Leagues -- gives us a guide to Latino heroes, including little known pioneers of the sport.

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Baseball, known as America's favorite pastime, is a favorite sport in Latin America as well. In this fascinating and colorfully written collection of profiles, author/illustrator Jonah Winter -- following the success of FAIR BALL!, his earlier book on the Negro Leagues -- gives us a guide to Latino heroes, including little known pioneers of the sport.

Readers learn stats and anecdotes about fourteen players including Dolf Luque, the Cuban pitcher who became the first Latin American star in the major leagues; Roberto Clemente, the legendary Puerto Rican outfielder of the 1950s and 1960s; and Felipe Alou, the first full-time Dominican star in the majors who later became the first Latin American Manager of the Year. Each profile is accompanied by a stunning portrait rendered to resemble traditional baseball cards. ¡BÉISBOL! Latino Baseball Pioneers and Legends recalls the drama of Latin American stars with all the color, grit, and style that should now be part of U.S. baseball history.

Bruce Markusen Rodríguez (introduction) has been associated with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum since 1995, first as a senior researcher and now as Manager of Program Presentations. He is also the author of numerous articles and books about baseball, including ROBERTO CLEMENTE: THE GREAT ONE and THE ORLANDO CEPEDA STORY. He and his wife live in Cooperstown, New York.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The same doors that barred African Americans from playing for the major leagues in the United States often also kept out Latin Americans, and when Jackie Robinson opened the door in 1947, Latinos benefited as well. This book profiles 14 outstanding baseball players from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic whose careers paved the way for contemporary Latino players. The earliest is the Cuban pitcher José Méndez, who played from 1908 to 1927 both in Cuba and in the United States, where his dark skin relegated him to the Negro Leagues. Fellow Cuban Dolf Luque played from 1912 to 1946, but because he was light-skinned, he could play in the majors and became the first Latino to pitch in a World Series. Each player is described in a set of facing pages that are designed as the front and back of a baseball card. Flat colors overlay old black-and-white photos of the players for a pleasingly retro effect. 2001, Lee & Low, $16.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Susan Stan
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Until recently, information about Latino baseball has been scant. Winter presents one-page biographical sketches of 14 players who played between 1900 and the 1960s, including Dolf Luque, Crist-bal Torriente, and Mart'n Dihigo. He includes a couple of fascinating facts after listing pertinent details such as years played, main teams, position, and similar stats found on the back of baseball cards. Each profile faces a colorful acrylic painting on a background that resembles an old card. While some pictures (Bobby Avila, Minnie Mi-oso) are not as clear as others, most enhance the text. Because few of these players are represented in other individual or collective biographies, this title will be a welcome addition to any baseball collection.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584302346
Publisher:
Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2013
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
960L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 Years

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