Latinos in American Football

Pathbreakers on the Gridiron, 1927 to Present

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About the Book

In 1927 Cuban national Ignacio S. Molinet was recruited to play professional football with the Frankford Yellow Jackets of the old NFL for a single season. In the 1930s, Mexican national José Martínez-Zorrilla achieved 1932 All-American honors. These are the beginnings of the Latino experience in American Football, which continues amidst a remarkable and diversified setting of Hispanic nationalities and ethnic groups. This history of Latinos in American Football dispels the nativists’ and sports’ myths that baseball, boxing, and soccer are the chosen and competent sports for Spanish-surname athletes. It documents their fascination for the sport that initially denied their participation but that could not discourage their determination to master the game.

About the Author(s)

Mario Longoria (Ph.D., University of Texas at San Antonio) is a retiree of the U.S. Forest Service and is a Vietnam War Veteran. His research interests include the Southwestern United States and Mexican-American sports history. He lives in San Antonio. Jorge Iber is a professor of history at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. His research focuses on the role of Latinos/-as in U.S. sports. He is the author of numerous works on this topic.

Bibliographic Details

Mario Longoria and Jorge Iber
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6886-4
Imprint: McFarland