Viva Baseball!: Latin Major Leaguers and Their Special Hunger

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Lively and anecdotal, Viva Baseball! chronicles the struggles of Latin American professional baseball players in the United States from the late 1800s to the present. Even as "Fernandomania" raged in 1981, most Latin players felt lonely, shunned, and forgotten. Samuel Regalado reveals the shocking racism faced by these immigrant athletes in a white culture. Only a burning desire to succeed and a grim determination to leave behind the grinding poverty of their homelands could have driven these men to continue in ...
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Lively and anecdotal, Viva Baseball! chronicles the struggles of Latin American professional baseball players in the United States from the late 1800s to the present. Even as "Fernandomania" raged in 1981, most Latin players felt lonely, shunned, and forgotten. Samuel Regalado reveals the shocking racism faced by these immigrant athletes in a white culture. Only a burning desire to succeed and a grim determination to leave behind the grinding poverty of their homelands could have driven these men to continue in the face of overwhelming hostility. In addition to mining the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library in Cooperstown, New York, and the Sporting News archives, Regalado conducted interviews with some twenty-five Latin baseball stars, among them Felipe Alou, Orlando Cepeda, and Tony Oliva.
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This history of Latinos in Major League Baseball from the 1800s to the early 1990s is extensively researched and authoritatively written. The author's interviews with such primary figures as Felipe Alou, Tony Oliva, and Tony Perez add depth and personality to the study. The progress recorded here is portrayed against a background of the players' struggles with strange foods, unfamiliar customs, a foreign culture, the language barrier, and the ever-present race issue in the United States. The author (history, California State Univ., Stanislaus) provides a political framework to the narrativeat times too much of one by typical baseball history standards. But, all in all, this is a good purchase for academic and large public libraries.John M. Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, NJ
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  • ISBN-13: 9780252067129
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Series: Sport and Society Series
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.58 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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  • Posted December 16, 2010

    Viva Baseball! The Latin Experience

    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.

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