Far From Home

Far From Home

by Tim Wendel, Jose Luis Villegas
     
 

From Argentina and Venezuela to the Dominican Republic and the rest of the Caribbean, thousands of boys grow up playing sandlot ball and planning a big-league career. Inspired by Latino greats who paved the way, young men head north in hopes of baseball success—but often find themselves in far different situations. Photographer José Luis Villegas and…  See more details below

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From Argentina and Venezuela to the Dominican Republic and the rest of the Caribbean, thousands of boys grow up playing sandlot ball and planning a big-league career. Inspired by Latino greats who paved the way, young men head north in hopes of baseball success—but often find themselves in far different situations. Photographer José Luis Villegas and sportswriter Tim Wendel dramatically reveal the energy, talent, and hard-driving ambition of these determined players, both the few who make it and the many who don’t. Yet this isn’t just another compendium of highlights—it’s a bold and sometimes heartbreaking look at the ups and downs of chasing a dream.

The book captures all the flash and glory of being a major-league star at the top of his game...as well as the struggles faced by other hopefuls who have to take a longer, tougher road. For many of these men, the realities of the system—and the tension of illegal immigration—intrude on the dream. Discover what becomes of them, and explore the rich background of baseball and the Latin American world, in Far From Home. With sports interest for the baseball fan...timely issues for the history buff...and great images for the photography enthusiast...it is perfectly positioned for Father’s Day and a must-read for all who love the national game.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

This spare but terrific book offers revealing photographs of both the star and the lesser-known Latino players, accompanied by concise, insightful text. Villegas's pictures (there are also archival images) show players in motion, along with fans and athletes in still frames. Wendel's narrative celebrates early icons like Luque and Dihigo and generational counterparts Minoso, Clemente, and Cepeda. The book mainly points to Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Venezuelan stars. A useful time line is included. Highly recommended for general libraries.

Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426202162
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
03/18/2008
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
7.32(w) x 9.54(h) x 0.78(d)

Meet the Author

José Luis Villegas is a staff photographer with the Sacramento Bee. His work has appeared in the books Away Games and Home is Everything.

Tim Wendel is the author of four books, including Castro's Curveball: A Novel and The New Face of Baseball. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, GQ and Esquire. Visit the author at www.timwendel.com

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