Mexican Americans and Sports: A Reader on Athletics and Barrio Life / Edition 1

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Overview

For at least a century, across the United States, Mexican American athletes have actively participated in community-based, interscholastic, and professional sports. The people of the ranchos and the barrios have used sport for recreation, leisure, and community bonding.

Until now, though, relatively few historians have focused on the sports participation of Latinos, including the numerically preponderant Mexican Americans. This volume gathers an important collection of such studies, arranged in rough chronological order, spanning the period from the late 1920s through the present.

They survey and analyze sporting experiences and organizations, as well as their impact on communal and individual lives. Contributions spotlight diverse fields of athletic endeavor: baseball, football, soccer, boxing, track, and softball.

Mexican Americans and Sports contributes to the emerging understanding of the value of sport to minority populations in communities throughout the United States. Those interested in sports history will benefit from the book’s focus on under-studied Mexican American participation, and those interested in Mexican American history will welcome the insight into this aspect of the group’s social history.

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Editorial Reviews

Hispanic Outlook
Contributes to the emerging understanding of the value of sports to minority populations in communities throughout the United States.
Journal of American Ethnic History
This collection of articles is intended to fill a major gap in the historiography of Mexican Americans: their participation in community-based, interscholastic, and professional sports.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585445523
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 968,162
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

JORGE IBER is the chair of the Department of History at Texas Tech University; his Ph.D. is from the University of Utah. SAMUEL O. REGALADO received his Ph.D. from Washington State University and is a professor of history at California State University–Stanislaus.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction: Athletics and Chicano/a Life, 1930-2005   Jorge Iber     1
The Foot Runners Conquer Mexico and Texas: Endurance Racing, Indigenismo, and Nationalism   Mark Dyreson     19
Peloteros in Paradise: Mexican American Baseball and Oppositional Politics in Southern California, 1930-1950   Jose M. Alamillo     50
Los Heroes del Domingo: Soccer, Borders, and Social Spaces in Great Lakes Mexican Communities, 1940-1970   Juan Javier Pescador     73
Wearing the Red, White, and Blue Trunks of Aztlan: Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales and the Convergence of American and Chicano Nationalism   Tom I. Romero II     89
On-field Foes and Racial Misconceptions: The 1961 Donna Redskins and Their Drive to the Texas State Football Championship   Jorge Iber     121
Read All about It! The Spanish-language Press, the Dodgers, and the Giants, 1958-1982   Samuel O. Regalado     145
Raza Boxing: Community, Identity, and Hybridity in the 1960s and 1970s in Southern California   Gregory S. Rodriguez     160
Beating the Odds: Mexican American Distance Runners in Texas, 1950-1995   Alexander Mendoza     188
Advance at Your Own Risk: Latinas, Families, and Collegiate Softball   Katherine M. Jamieson     213
Invisible Identity: Mexican AmericanSport and Chicano Historiography   Samuel O. Regalado     233
List of Contributors     247
Index     251
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