Mexican Americans and Sports
A Reader on Athletics and Barrio Life
Mexican American Studies - Sports - Western History
6 x 9, 272 pp.
Pub Date: 09/12/2006
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2008 Anthology of the Year, Best Book Award, presented by the North American Society for Sport History

Mexican Americans and Sports

A Reader on Athletics and Barrio Life

Edited by Jorge Iber and Samuel O. Regalado

For at least a century, across the United States, Mexican American athletes have actively participated in community-based, interscholastic, and professional sports. The people of the ranchos and the barrios have used sport for recreation, leisure, and community bonding.
Until now, though, relatively few historians have focused on the sports participation of Latinos, including the numerically preponderant Mexican Americans. This volume gathers an important collection of such studies, arranged in rough chronological order, spanning the period from the late 1920s to the present.
They survey and analyze sporting experiences and organizations, as well as their impact on communal and individual lives. Contributions spotlight diverse fields of athletic endeavor: baseball, football, soccer, boxing, track, and softball.
Mexican Americans and Sportscontributes to the emerging understanding of the value of sport to minority populations in communities throughout the United States. Those interested in sports history will benefit from the book’s focus on under-studied Mexican American participation, and those interested in Mexican American history will welcome the insight into this aspect of the group’s social history.

JORGE IBER is the chair of the Department of History at Texas Tech University; his Ph.D. is from the University of Utah. SAMUEL O. REGALADO received his Ph.D. from Washington State University and is a professor of history at California State University–Stanislaus.


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