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.
- Alphabetically arranged, 3000-word profiles of the 25 most significant figures of Latin American background in the history of baseball
- 75 shorter profiles of additional Latin American baseball figures of importance
- A comprehensive bibliography of books, newspaper articles, and magazine reports