In Playing America's Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line, Adrian Burgos, Jr. tells a compelling story of the men who negotiated the color line at every turn—passing as "Spanish" in the major leagues or seeking respect and acceptance in the Negro leagues. Although largely ignored by historians of both baseball in general and the Negro leagues in particular, Latinos have been a significant presence in organized baseball from the beginning. In this benchmark study on Latinos and professional baseball from the 1880s to the present, Burgos draws on archival materials from the U.S., Cuba, and Puerto Rico, as well as Spanish- and English-language publications and interviews with Negro and major league players.
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, Behring Center, is responsible for the collection, care, and preservation of more than three million objects. It will soon open the Molina Family Latino Gallery, the first national gallery dedicated to Latinx culture.
- 384 pages
- 13 black and white photographs, two line illustrations, five tables
- 9" x 6"
- Written by Adrian Burgos, Jr.