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CriticasGr 4-8-Independent readers can learn about such Latino baseball superstars as Rafael Palmeiro and Jos Canseco from Cuba, Ivan Rodriguez from Puerto Rico, and Sammy Sosa from the Dominican Republic. In inspirational biographical sketches, the authors trace each player's journey to the major leagues, including their struggles to achieve physical excellence. Both books follow the same format, with an introduction that outlines the early years of baseball before the time of equal opportunity for nonwhite players. The second section names several Latino pioneers who opened the big league doors for countless others. Individual biographies of today's top players comprise most of each book. More than a few players' have roots abroad. The "stars of today" yields to a section devoted to upcoming players who show early promise. An alphabetical index in both volumes makes it easy to find favorite players. A bilingual layout with crisp action photographs and multicolored text combine for an overall appealing design. These volumes could help expand an existing culturally diverse, multilingual nonfiction collection in any library or book sboosore.
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