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Playing America's Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line (American Crossroads) Paperback – June 4, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: American Crossroads (Book 23)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (June 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520251431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520251434
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #705,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“Fascinating”
(New York Times 2011-06-17)

“If you want to understand the Latino experience in baseball, read this book.”
(Slate Magazine 2008-05-09)

“The best book yet on the history of Latinos in American baseball.”
(Beyondchron 2008-03-19)

“Burgos does a thorough job of describing this system of skirting the color line, as well as its effects.”
(Stephen Ellsesser Mlb.com 2008-02-22)

“Superb and, in many ways, path breaking . . . A must-read for any serious fan of baseball.”
(San Francisco Chronicle 2007-07-22)

“Excellent book.”
(Dan Brown San Jose Mercury News 2007-10-02)

“Burgos has written a well-conceptualized, prodigiously researched, and cogently argued book.”
(Journal Of American History 2007-12-01)

“An enlightened look at Latino players in baseball and their underappreciated efforts in defeating the sport’s ‘color line.’”
(Seattle Post-Intelligencer 2007-08-24)

“Well organized and expertly referenced, this is a book for anyone interested in the history of race in the US, ethnic relations, and, of course, baseball.”
(Choice 2007-12-01)

“Burgos [uses] baseball to provide a more sophisticated and subtle account of the intersections between race and culture in America.”
(Braham Dabscheck Labour History 2010-06-30)

“A groundbreaking work.”
(Centro: Journal Of Ctr For Puerto Rican Std 2008-02-29)

From the Inside Flap

"Adrian Burgos is one of best young historians currently working the baseball beat. This is essential reading, not just for baseball aficionados, but anyone interested in the history of American race and ethnic relations."—Jules Tygiel, author of Extra Bases: Reflections on Jackie Robinson, Race, and Baseball History

"Playing America's Game is a terrific addition to the growing literature in Latino history. It is the most comprehensive and nuanced treatment of Latinos and professional baseball."—Vicki L.Ruiz, author of From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth-Century America


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By pablo m. cruz, jr. on July 8, 2013
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GREAT LITTLE BOOK FULL OF UNKNOWN OR PREVIOUSLY LITTLE KNOWN FACTS. I WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO ANY LATINO WHO WANTS TO KNOW SOME OF THE HISTORY BEHIND THE STRUGGLE FOR LATIN BALL PLAYERS OF THAT ERA.
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By Devon on March 8, 2013
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I bought this book for my ethnicity in baseball class, and it was a really good book. I liked it a lot.
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By M. Mata on February 16, 2013
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Great books for baseball fans like this one are hard to find in most bookstores. I purchased this book for a teenager interested in baseball history and he absolutely loved it!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christy Buchanan on February 10, 2014
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This gives some interesting history but the author is not a writer! He presents a piece of information then drones on an on and repeats himself for 10 pages in different ways then repeats this writing style for the next piece of information.

I had to read this for class, but couldn't even finish it, it is so dry and boring! Avoid picking this book for a book report.

It gets one star because it was easy to get. Although it is far too expensive.
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