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Posted December 16, 2010
Viva Baseball! is written by Samuel Reglado and is basically a baseball history book telling the reader about how Latins have been associated with American baseball for 100+ years. Not only does it tell the reader how Latins have been part of American baseball but how they have been through racial discrimination from some of their White European teammates and how they needed to battle cultural loneliness by attempting to assimilate. As early as the 1910's Latin Americans began playing in Major League Baseball and for a while mostly on the Cincinnati Reds and the Washington Senators. The reader exhibits that in that in the early years of Latins playing baseball that most were Cuban but when Jackie Robinson (an African American) broke racial lines for blacks in some parts of the United States, Black Latins began playing as well as sharing similar problems with such things as language and interactions with teammates and the media. Bucky Harris once said in regard to Hispanic American ball players, "They're trash. They're doing no good and they aren't in place here." (pg.40) Later in the book, he definitely gets proven wrong with for example, the later Fernandomania era of Hispanic American baseball. That is only some of the information that is in the book. As long as your into history especially Hispanic/Spanish history or if your a baseball fanatic you will most likely enjoy this book and get really engaged with what Reglado tells in the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.