Riverside, California 2021-06-07 11:45:01 –
Dr. Manuel Flores
Just in time to celebrate the achievements of this year’s South Texas High School baseball and softball high school team, a book with unique photographs of history and days gone by and the glory they have given to the region is here. I will.
Undoubtedly, “South Texas Mexican-American Baseball” recognizes the achievements of many South Texas baseball players who played to love the game, were often community heroes, and went to Barrio and nearby stardom. Because it is unique and inspiring. , High school, college, semi-professional team. Some players have advanced to the major leagues.
The book is packed with amazing images of baseball for the work of countless players from South Texas who have made history as the “best players” in the area that loves and enjoys baseball. All pitches and all home runs in the match.
The book is great. A photo book that tells the history of the area. From the cover photo of Frank Maldonado, who played the college ball at the University of Colorado, to the back cover of the 1965 Brownsville High School Baseball Team, which was a big hit in the state playoffs, the photos are valuable.
This book is certainly a rich historical account. The only thing that is wrong is the title. This book should have been named “Mexico American Baseball in Rio Grande Valley”. That area, yes, is the southernmost tip of Texas.
However, it is not called South Texas because it has come to be defined by the media and historians. Today, baseball in South Texas includes the Corpus Christi region and the coastal bend towns around it, winding from Brush Country to Laredo, just south of San Antonio, and the Raymondville region, where the Rio Grande Valley appears.
The book features photos and inspirational compliments to former Robstown baseball coach Steve Castro, who led Robstown to two state titles and nurtured talented players from high school to college and major league baseball. It contains.
Others like Hector Salinas are not mentioned. The legacy of teams such as Corpus Christi Moody, Carol, Synton, Bishop, Odem, Riviera and San Diego is also lacking. It may be the source of another book. We’ll be expecting you.
Nevertheless, the author is the best baseball historian in the country and has put together an impressive series of photographs and facts that impress baseball enthusiasts.
The author states: … Mexican-Americans (through baseball) have escaped the painstaking work and prejudice. “
Did you think baseball was just a ball and a strike?
Baseball is the lifestyle of many in the Rio Grande Valley, also known as South Texas, and the book pays homage to those who have played as hard as nationally recognized players. Most often, they played for a love of the game and for a neighborhood, bario, or town. They are heroes and this book finally recognizes them.
“Mexican American Baseball in Southern Texas”
Richard A. Santillán, Gregory Garrett, Juan D. Coronado, Jorge Iber, Roberto Zamora
Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, South Carolina (2021)
ISBN: 13 978-1-4671-1884-0
Pbk 128 pages
www.carcadiapublishing.com $ 21.99. amazon.com Kindle $ 12.99; HC $ 31.99; Pbk $ 16.02 and above. Barnes & Noble Bookstore $ 21.99.
About the author
Richard A. Santillán is an emeritus professor of ethnic and women’s studies at the California State Institute of Technology in Pomona, California. Gregory Garrett is an educational expert at the Texas Cultural Institute in San Antonio. Juan D. Coronado is a postdoctoral fellow at the Julian Samora Institute at Michigan State University. Jorge Iber is the Vice Dean of the University of Arts and Sciences, a professor of history at Texas Tech University, and Roberto Zamora is an assistant professor of organizational and school leadership at Texas Tech University Rio Grande Valley.
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