Publisher description for Far from home : Latino baseball players in America / Tim Wendel, Jose Luis Villegas.


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From Argentina and Venezuela to the Dominican Republic and the rest of the Caribbean, thousands of boys grow up playing sandlot ball and planning a big-league career. Inspired by Latino greats who paved the way, young men head north in hopes of baseball success—but often find themselves in far different situations. Photographer Jose; Luis Villegas and sportswriter Tim Wendel dramatically reveal the energy, talent, and hard-driving ambition of these determined players, both the few who make it and the many who don’t. Yet this isn’t just another compendium of highlights—it’s a bold and sometimes heartbreaking look at the ups and downs of chasing a dream.

The book captures all the flash and glory of being a major-league star at the top of his game...as well as the struggles faced by other hopefuls who have to take a longer, tougher road. For many of these men, the realities of the system—and the tension of illegal immigration—intrude on the dream. Discover what becomes of them, and explore the rich background of baseball and the Latin American world, in Far From Home. With sports interest for the baseball fan...timely issues for the history buff...and great images for the photography enthusiast...it is perfectly positioned for Father’s Day and a must-read for all who love the national game.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Hispanic American baseball players -- History.
Hispanic American baseball players -- History -- Pictorial works.
Baseball -- United States -- History.
Baseball -- United States -- History -- Pictorial works.