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

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"The best book yet on the history of Latinos in American baseball."--"Beyondchron"

"Superb and, in many ways, path breaking . . . A must-read for any serious fan of baseball."--"San Francisco Chronicle"

"If you want to understand the Latino experience in baseball, read this book."--"Slate Magazine"

"An enlightened look at Latino players in baseball and their underappreciated efforts in defeating the sport's 'color line.'"--"Seattle Post-Intelligencer"

"Fascinating"--"New York Times"

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

"Excellent book."--Dan Brown"San Jose Mercury News" (10/02/2007)

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

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

Excellent book. --Dan Brown"San Jose Mercury News" (10/02/2007)"

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

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"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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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: 6 x 0.9 x 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: #848,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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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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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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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