Playing America's Game Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line

ISBN-10: 0520251431
ISBN-13: 9780520251434
Edition: 2007
Authors: Adrian Burgos
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/4/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

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") Mintilde;oso, Roberto Clemente, and Sammy Sosa.

Adrian Burgos, Jr., is Assistant Professor of History at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Latinos Play America's Game
The Rise of America's Game and the Color Line
A National Game Emerges
Early Maneuvers
Holding the Line
Latinos and the Racial Divide
Baseball Should Follow the Flag
"Purest Bars of Castilian Soap"
Making Cuban Stars
Becoming Cuban Senators
Playing in the World Jim Crow Made
Beyond Integration
Latinos and Baseball's Integration
Troubling the Waters
Latinos and Baseball's Global Turn
Saying It is So-Sa!
Conclusion: Still Playing America's Game
Pioneering Latinos
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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