Early Latino Ballplayers in the United States
Major, Minor and Negro Leagues, 1901–1949
About the Book
From 1900 through the 1940s Latino baseball players suffered discrimination, poor accommodations, low pay and homesickness to play a game they loved. Those who were both talented and light-skinned enough to make it to the majors were mocked for being foreign. Those in the Negro Leagues were, like African American ballplayers, segregated and largely ignored by the public and major league scouts.
Building on the work of researchers who focused on the seasons and careers of these pioneer athletes, Nick Wilson draws on primary documents and interviews to round out our knowledge of the players as people.
José Méndez, Miguel González, Luis Tiant, Sr., Martín Dihigo, Rodolfo Fernández, Roberto Ortiz, Cristóbal Torriente, Hiram Bithorn and Pedro “Preston” Gómez are only a few examples of the players included here.
Appendices on “Americans Who Positively Influenced Latin Migration” and “Latinos and the Washington Senators Spring Training Camps, 1939–1942” are included, along with 26 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index.
About the Author(s)
Nick C. Wilson
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 26 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013 
Table of Contents
1. The 1900s (Julián Castillo and Luis Bustamante, José Méndez, Luís Castro,
Armando Cabañas, Eustaquio Pedroso, Luis Padrón, Alfredo Cabrera) 3
2. Armando Marsans and Rafael Almeida 23
3. The 1910s (Cristóbal Torriente, Emilio Palmero, Jacinto Calvo, Balmadero Acosta,
Manuel Cueto, José Acosta, José Rodríguez, Angel Aragón,
Oscar Tuero, Eusebio González) 42
4. Adolfo Luque 67
5. The 1920s (Martín Dihigo, Miguel González, Aberlardo Rodríguez, Alex Pompez,
Emilio Navarro, Augustín Daviú, Mero Urena and Juan Vargas) 99
6. The 1930s (Luis Tiant Sr., Mel Almada, Rodolfo Fernández, Roberto Estalella,
Santos Amaro, Roberto Ortiz) 125
7. The 1940s (Hiram Bithorn, Felix Delgado, Alex and Chico Carrasquel, Salvador
Hernández, Silvio García, Tomas de la Cruz, Pedro Preston Gómez) 144
Appendix A: Americans Who Influenced the Latin Migration 169
Appendix B: Washington Senators’ Spring Training 180
Chapter Notes 183
Book Reviews & Awards
“excellent…solid…highly recommended”—Library Journal; “solid…strong contribution”—SABR Deadball Committee Newsletter; “terrific…excellent, engaging, and highly informative”—Hellobaseball.com; “insightful source…adds a great deal to the historiography of the Latino baseball story”—The SABR Latin American Committee’s La Prensa del Béisbol Latino; “important and compelling historical work”—Journal Star; (Peoria, Illinois).