The Tall Mexican: The Life of Hank Aguirre, All-Star Pitcher, Businessman, Humanitarian

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Biography. Latino/Latina Studies. Reprint. Drawing on first-hand experience, interviews, and research, Bob Copley shows us Hank Aguirre in THE TALL MEXICAN as a tough but caring man of talent, faith, and determination — a man who pushed beyond prejudice and mere celebrity to become a true hero. After a successful big-league career with the Indians, Detroit Tigers, L.A. Dodgers, and Chicago Cubs, Aguirre went on to found Mexican Industries in the heart of Detroit. Robert E. Copley, a personal friend of Aguirre, ...

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Biography. Latino/Latina Studies. Reprint. Drawing on first-hand experience, interviews, and research, Bob Copley shows us Hank Aguirre in THE TALL MEXICAN as a tough but caring man of talent, faith, and determination — a man who pushed beyond prejudice and mere celebrity to become a true hero. After a successful big-league career with the Indians, Detroit Tigers, L.A. Dodgers, and Chicago Cubs, Aguirre went on to found Mexican Industries in the heart of Detroit. Robert E. Copley, a personal friend of Aguirre, delivers a biography that Booklist called rich in detail...The baseball highlights give a vivid sense of the game. A New York Public Library Pick as one of the Best Books for Teenagers.

A biography of the All-Star major-league pitcher whose commitment to his Hispanic heritage led him to found Mexican Industries to help provide economic opportunities to the inner-city Detroit community.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Christopher Moning
Born into a poor Mexican immigrant family, Hank Aguirre was to become a professional baseball player, a minor league manager, and later, a successful business owner. As a child, Aguirre's father instilled in Hank a determination and work ethic that bore fruit in many areas. Though he did not make his high school baseball team, the tall, lanky left-hander went on to become an all-star pitcher in a career that spanned fifteen years with four different clubs. The baseball years, however, entail only a portion of Hank Aguirre's biography. Determined to provide a brighter future for minorities, Aguirre founded his own company, Mexican Industries, which employs over 1,000 people, many of them Hispanic Americans. Also chronicled is Aguirre's courageous battle against prostate cancer. Hank Aguirre died in 1994. The author, a longtime friend of Aguirre's, details the many humanitarian achievements of this fine ballplayer and fine man. Sixteen pages of photos accompany the text.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Whereas Aguirre may be best known for his outstanding professional baseball career, Copley devotes at least an equal amount of text to his subject's career as entrepreneur, businessman, and provider of employment opportunities for thousands of his fellow Hispanics through his establishment of Mexican Industries. According to the author, Aguirre developed his work ethic growing up in California in a large Mexican-American family. As teenagers, he and his brother Fred got up before 5:00 a.m. daily to make and box a thousand corn tortillas for the family business. However, every spare moment was spent honing the pitching skills that served him throughout his successful 18-year baseball career that included stints as mediator, coach, and manager. Myriad reminiscences from friends, family, employees, colleagues, and fellow athletes provide readers with the sense of true admiration felt for the subject. Whereas readers may relate more to the baseball era of Aguirre's life, it is the saga of Mexican Industries that is truly a rags-to-riches story. Copley knew Aguirre well and reveals his foibles as well as his attributes in this well-balanced biography.-Sylvia V. Meisner, Allen Middle School, Greensboro, NC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558852945
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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