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Baseball With A Latin Beat - Peter C. Bjarkman

Baseball With A Latin Beat

Paperback Published: 1st November 1994
ISBN: 9780899509730
Number Of Pages: 486
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Since Cuba's Esteban Bellan made his debut for the Troy Haymakers of the National Association in 1871, Latin Americans have played a large role in the major leagues. Nearly 15 percent of big league rosters are made up of Latinos, while the region's colorful and competitive winter leagues have been a proving ground for up-and-coming major league players and managers. Early Latin American stars were barred purely because of the color of their skin from playing in the major leagues. Players such as Jose Mendez and Martin Dihigo (the only player elected to the U.S., Cuban and Mexican halls of fame) made their marks on the Negro Leagues, turning the leagues' barnstorming tours into major attractions in many Caribbean countries. This history of the players and events that make up the rich tradition of Latin American baseball gives a unique insight to this long-neglected area of baseball.

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"a retrospective...and a look at the lore of the winter leagues"--USA Today Sports Weekly; "a valuable summary of Latin American contributors to U.S. baseball"--Choice.

Introductionp. 1
Peloteros in Paradise: The Latin American Invasion of the Major Leagues
Dolf Luque, Baseball's First Hispanic Starp. 25
Juan Marichal, Latin America's Unmatched Hall-of-Fame Hurlerp. 36
Roberto Clemente, Hero of an Island Nationp. 58
Send In the Scouts: Big-League Teams Exploit the Caribbean Connectionp. 89
Dodgers with a Latin Beatp. 140
Tales from the Tropic of Baseball
Doubleheaders on the Dark Side of the Moon: Negro-League Barnstorming and Caribbean Heroes of the Blackball Erap. 163
Cuban Blacks in the Majors Before Jackie Robinsonp. 194
"The Comet" and "The Maestro": Legacies of Blackball's Lost Caribbean Starsp. 207
Pan-America's Diamond Mine: Birthrights of the Caribbean National Gamep. 234
No Dragons, Only Shortstops: Sagas of Caribbean Winterballp. 285
App. A: Latin American Baseball Chronology - Greatest Moments in Latin American Baseball Historyp. 321
App. B: Complete Roster of Latin American Major League Players, by Nationalityp. 347
App. C: Chronological Listing of Latin American Major-Leaguers (1871-1992)p. 385
App. D: All-Time Latin American Big-League Leaders and Record Holdersp. 400
App. E: Winter-League Records (Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Mexico)p. 409
App. F: Latin American Major League Managers and Coachesp. 432
Bibliographyp. 435
Indexp. 445
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780899509730
ISBN-10: 0899509738
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 486
Published: 1st November 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.64

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