Playing America's Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line / Edition 1

Playing America's Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line / Edition 1

by Adrian Burgos
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University of California Press
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Playing America's Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line / Edition 1

Although largely ignored by historians of both baseball in general and the Negro leagues in particular, Latinos have been a significant presence in organized baseball from the beginning.
In this benchmark study on Latinos and professional baseball from the 1880s to the present, Adrian Burgos tells a compelling story of the men who negotiated the color line at every turn—passing as “Spanish” in the major leagues or seeking respect and acceptance in the Negro leagues.

Burgos draws on archival materials from the U.S., Cuba, and Puerto Rico, as well as Spanish- and English-language publications and interviews with Negro league and major league players. He demonstrates how the manipulation of racial distinctions that allowed management to recruit and sign Latino players provided a template for Brooklyn Dodgers’ general manager Branch Rickey when he initiated the dismantling of the color line by signing Jackie Robinson in 1947. Burgos's extensive examination of Latino participation before and after Robinson's debut documents the ways in which inclusion did not signify equality and shows how notions of racialized difference have persisted for darker-skinned Latinos like Orestes ("Minnie") Miñoso, Roberto Clemente, and Sammy Sosa.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520236462
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 06/04/2007
Series: American Crossroads Series
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     ix
Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xvii
Introduction: Latinos Play America's Game     1
The Rise of America's Game and the Color Line
A National Game Emerges     17
Early Maneuvers     34
Holding the Line     53
Latinos and the Racial Divide
Baseball Should Follow the Flag     71
"Purest Bars of Castilian Soap"     88
Making Cuban Stars     111
Becoming Cuban Senators     141
Playing in the World Jim Crow Made     162
Beyond Integration
Latinos and Baseball's Integration     179
Troubling the Waters     198
Latinos and Baseball's Global Turn     227
Saying It is So-Sa!     243
Conclusion: Still Playing America's Game     261
Pioneering Latinos     269
Notes     275
Selected Bibliography     321
Index     345

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