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Mexican Americans and Sports: A Reader on Athletics and Barrio Life / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- Texas A&M University Press
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 to 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 Sportscontributes 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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Table of ContentsAcknowledgments 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