Latino Baseball Legends: An Encyclopedia

Latino Baseball Legends: An Encyclopedia

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Latino Baseball Legends: An Encyclopedia offers the most comprehensive, go-to source for everything relating to Latin American baseball stars, tracing the history of Latinos in baseball through the stories of those who have excelled at the game. Colorfully written 3, 000-word entries explore the lives and careers of 25 dominant players, from legends such as Roberto Clemente to deserving, but comparatively unknown superstars such as Martin Dihigo. Shorter listings note another 75 Latinos who have figured prominently in the sport. The entries document the importance of baseball in Latin American culture and the way it has evolved in the players' home countries, but the encyclopedia does more than that. Its profiles also expose the difficulties faced by Latino players who are forced to overcome both a language barrier and the discrimination they face because of their skin color. And they demonstrate how proficiency with a bat and ball has become a great engine that can lift families out of poverty and provide hope for indigent youths.The most dramatic change in Major League Baseball in the last three decades has been the rise and influence of ... on baseball in several Latin American countries, along with essays discussing a variety of particular topics central to the game.

Title:Latino Baseball Legends: An Encyclopedia
Author: Lew Freedman
Publisher:ABC-CLIO - 2010-08-11

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