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The tall Mexican : the life of Hank Aguirre, all-star pitcher, businessman, humanitarian
Copley, Robert E.
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Publication Information:
Houston, Tex. : Piñata Books, 1998.
Physical Description:
xv, 159 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
A biography of the All-Star major-league pitcher whose commitment to his Hispanic heritage led him to found Mexican Industries to help provide economic opportunities to the inner-city Detroit community.
General Note:
Includes index.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.2 7.0 31172.

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GV865.A29 C66 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
GV865.A29 C66 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Baseball star Hank Aguirre (1931-1994) pitched for the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Chicago Cubs in a vibrant major-league career that ran from 1955 to 1971. He would become an All-Star pitcher with the best ERA in the American League, and cap his athletic career as manager of the Tucson Toros, a farm club for the Oakland Athletics. Upon retiring from the game, he founded Mexican Industries, a multimillion-dollar auto-accessories company, employing well over a thousand people and bringing renewed hope to inner-city Detroit.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-12. A descendant of conquistadores and the son of a dogmatic businessman, Hank Aguirre seemed earmarked for success, despite his impoverished childhood. Undeterred by having to make and package thousands of tortillas each morning for his father's customers, Aguirre found the energy to excel in school and perfect his pitching arm enough to be accepted into college and, eventually, the big leagues. His greater mission in life, however, was not as a pitcher but as an entrepreneur, and his Mexican Industries became a multimillion-dollar operation providing opportunities for minorities nationwide. As a personal friend of Aguirre, Copley is privy to fascinating details about him that raise this biography above standard fare. Descriptions of the subject's childhood are rich in detail, and the baseball highlights not only give a vivid sense of the game during the 1960s but also include personal anecdotes from legends such as Leo Durocher and Mickey Lolich. Meticulous, humble, and ethical, Aguirre proves a most worthy biographical subject and inspiring hero. --Roger Leslie

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Whereas Aguirre may be best known for his outstanding professional baseball career, Copley devotes at least an equal amount of text to his subject's career as entrepreneur, businessman, and provider of employment opportunities for thousands of his fellow Hispanics through his establishment of Mexican Industries. According to the author, Aguirre developed his work ethic growing up in California in a large Mexican-American family. As teenagers, he and his brother Fred got up before 5:00 a.m. daily to make and box a thousand corn tortillas for the family business. However, every spare moment was spent honing the pitching skills that served him throughout his successful 18-year baseball career that included stints as mediator, coach, and manager. Myriad reminiscences from friends, family, employees, colleagues, and fellow athletes provide readers with the sense of true admiration felt for the subject. Whereas readers may relate more to the baseball era of Aguirre's life, it is the saga of Mexican Industries that is truly a rags-to-riches story. Copley knew Aguirre well and reveals his foibles as well as his attributes in this well-balanced biography.-Sylvia V. Meisner, Allen Middle School, Greensboro, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.