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Away games : the life and times of a Latin baseball player
Bretón, Marcos.
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New York : Simon & Schuster, [1999]

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272 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
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GV865.T35 B74 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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As early as 1902, 53 years before Roberto Clemente made his mark in the major leagues and 45 before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, Latino men were playing baseball as professionals in the United States. Today they are the new cash crop from the Caribbean and Central and South America: the young Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Cubans, Mexicans, and Venezuelans who dream about el beisbol and making it big in the Majors.

Far from Home is about Miguel Tejada, who broke the overwhelming odds to become the starting shortstop for the Oakland A's. His stunning success story is chronicled by journalist Marcos Breton, who has traced Tejada's career since he first appeared on the minor league scene. Breton tells how this Dominican player signed for a mere $2,000 and then worked his way up to his current position. Yet Breton also paints a larger picture about the current state of professional baseball, the dim prospects of the many Latino players who don't make it, and, ultimately, about the misunderstood legacy of Latinos in the Majors.

Just as basketball was seen as a way out of the ghetto in Darcy Frey's The Last Shot, Far from Home t