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  • Actors: Marc Anthony, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente Jr., Roberto Clemente, Vera Clemente
  • Directors: Dan Klores
  • Writers: Charles C. Stuart
  • Producers: Dan Klores, Charles C. Stuart, Jake Bandman, John Miller-Monzon, Joseph Sousa
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: October 3, 2006
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H1RFWS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,459 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Viva Baseball" on IMDb

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  • Extra interview footage

Editorial Reviews

The Story Of The Latin Americans Who Revolutionized America’s Pastime Narrated By Marc Anthony In this award-winning documentary, filmmaker Dan Klores (director of THE BOYS OF 2ND STREET PARK and RING OF FIRE: THE EMILE GRIFFITH STORY) explores the fierce struggles and rich history of Latino players in Major League Baseball. It is a remarkable story of racism, culture clash and personal triumphs, told through rare archival footage and more than 100 hours of provocative interviews with such legends as Luis Tiant, Orestes ‘Minnie’ Minoso, Orlando Cepeda, Vic Power, Tony Perez, Felipe Alou, Juan Marichal, Rod Carew, Fernando Valenzuela, Cookie Rojas, Keith Hernandez and more, plus current-day superstars like David Ortiz, Alex Rodriquez, Pedro Martinez, Carlos Beltran and Miquel Tejada. From its roots in Cuba and the Caribbean, through integration, shocking controversies and the extraordinary legacy of Roberto Clemente, experience the lives of men who battled to play the sport they loved, only to discover the courage to change the game forever.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George Haddad on June 4, 2007
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The movie is an excellent view of how Major League Baseball grew and evolved due to the Latin Americans in the game. It presents rare footage of the Hispanic Legends of Baseball and would be a thrill to any true fan of the game.
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I teach a sport and culture class and this book is a wonderful tool that gives the Latin American and Caribbean baseball players experiences as they tried to break into the major leagues of baseball. Their experiences were mirrored the black baseball experience in many ways.
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By Andres Vazquez on March 27, 2012
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Good piece of history. Wish there were more than 98 minutes to the video. Very educational and poignant. Everyone interested in baseball should watch it.
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By Ada GOnzalez on September 20, 2013
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I saw this documentary when it aired in 2005 and recorded it on vhs cuz it was what I had. I'm very happy to have it on dvd now.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ojala on October 20, 2007
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I bought this DVD to share with middle school boys who are learning Spanish. After all, to better understand a language, we must better understand those who speak the language, and what better way than through something that interests my students,EL BEISBOL! I was very surprised that with perhaps 25% of today's MLB being "hispanohablante" that the movie shared so few interviews with current players. That would have made this movie an awesome addition to my classroom! Instead, however, the players are those of yesteryear, who bring bits and pieces of history and nostalgia to the screen, mostly through a format of interview. It might be time for Ken Burns to get involved and create a sequel to this one, in which current players can reflect on both their individual and collective experiences in dealing with the MLB. (I've decided to loan this one to a parents' association fathers/sons night, where Dads will delight in sharing the film with their sons.)
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