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Viva Baseball!

Latin Major Leaguers and Their Special Hunger

Illuminating the struggles of Latin American professional baseball players in the United States

Lively and anecdotal, Viva Baseball! chronicles the struggles of Latin American professional baseball players in the United States from the late 1800s to the present. As Latino players, managers, and owners continue to blossom into baseball's biggest stars, they have benefited from a growing Spanish-language media, a group identity, an increase in financial leverage and attention, and a burgeoning Latino culture in the United States. Although there have been several positive developments in the treatment of Latin American players, many, such as Albert Pujols, Pedro Martinez, Alex Rodriguez, and Ozzie Guillen, still face shocking racism. Samuel O. Regalado draws upon the National Baseball Library in Cooperstown, New York, the Sporting News archives, and rich interviews with some twenty-five Latin baseball stars, including Felipe Alou, Orlando Cepeda, and Minnie Minoso, to show the changing tenor of discrimination in twenty-first-century baseball.


"There have been other books written about baseball in Latin America and about Latin ballplayers. . . . But none of them has been so tightly argued, so well grounded in scholarship beyond baseball history and so passionate as Viva Baseball! . . . Regalado's essays show his mastery of the existing literature and his tenacious pursuit of wide-ranging personal interviews. . . . [This] is a passionate book, a proud book, and a book with great dignity."--Steve Gietschier, The Sporting News


Samuel O. Regalado is a professor of history at California State University, Stanislaus.

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