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Mexican Americans and Sports
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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 through 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 Sports contributes 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: Athletics and Chicano/a Life, 1930–2005
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. The Foot Runner Conquer Mexico and Texas: Endurance Racing, Indigenismo, and Nationalism
  2. pp. 19-49
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  1. Peloteros in Paradise: Mexican American Baseball and Oppositional Politics in Southern California, 1930-1950
  2. pp. 50-72
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  1. Los Heroes Del Domingo: Soccer, Borders, and Social Spaces in Great Lakes Mexican Communities, 1940-1970
  2. pp. 73-88
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  1. Wearing The Red, White, and Blue Trunks of Aztlan: Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales and the Convergence of American and Chicano Nationalism
  2. pp. 89-120
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  1. On-Field Foes and Racial Misconception: The 1961 Donna Redskins and Their Drive to the Texas State Football Championship
  2. pp. 121-144
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  1. Read All About It! The Spanish-language Press, the Dodgers, and the Giants, 1958-1982
  2. pp. 145-159
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  1. Raza Boxing: Community, Identity, and Hybridity in the 1960s and 1970s in Southern California
  2. pp. 160-187
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  1. Beating the Odds: Mexican American Distance Runners in Texas, 1950-1995
  2. pp. 188-212
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  1. Advance at Your Own Risk: Latinas, Families, and Collegiate Softball
  2. pp. 213-232
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  1. Invisible Identity: Mexican American Sport and Chicano Historiography
  2. pp. 233-245
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 247-249
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 251-262
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