Far From Home

Far From Home

Latino Baseball Players in America

Book - 2008
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Random House, Inc.
From Argentina and Venezuela to the Dominican Republic and the rest of the Caribbean, thousands of boys grow up playing sandlot ball and planning a big-league career. Inspired by Latino greats who paved the way, young men head north in hopes of baseball success—but often find themselves in far different situations. Photographer José Luis Villegas and sportswriter Tim Wendel dramatically reveal the energy, talent, and hard-driving ambition of these determined players, both the few who make it and the many who don’t. Yet this isn’t just another compendium of highlights—it’s a bold and sometimes heartbreaking look at the ups and downs of chasing a dream.

The book captures all the flash and glory of being a major-league star at the top of his game...as well as the struggles faced by other hopefuls who have to take a longer, tougher road. For many of these men, the realities of the system—and the tension of illegal immigration—intrude on the dream. Discover what becomes of them, and explore the rich background of baseball and the Latin American world, in Far From Home. With sports interest for the baseball fan...timely issues for the history buff...and great images for the photography enthusiast...it is perfectly positioned for Father’s Day and a must-read for all who love the national game.

Baker & Taylor
A look at the integral relationship between baseball and the Latin American world describes how thousands of Latinos have attempted to make their childhood dreams of success as big-league baseball players into reality.

Blackwell North Amer
The National Pastime and the American dream entwine in this story of Latinos who come to the United States with their eyes on a tantalizing prize: a career in professional baseball. From Cuba to Venezuela and throughout the Caribbean, thousands of boys grow up playing sandlot ball and counting on big-league stardom. Inspired by Latino greats who paved the way, young men train at local baseball academies and head north in hopes of success. Far From Home dramatically portrays the energy, talent, and hard-driving ambition brought to the game by these determined players and invites us into the close-knit communities and raucous arenas where their baseball dreams took hold.
Photographer Jose Luis Villegas and sportswriter Tim Wendel capture the excitement and glory of contemporary superstars like Nomar Garciaparra, Albert Pujols, and Miguel Tejada - as well as the struggles of hopefuls who find themselves in far different situations.

Baker
& Taylor

A look at the integral relationship between baseball and the Latin American world describes how thousands of young Latinos from the Caribbean, Central America, and South America grow up dreaming of success as big-league baseball players, capturing the ambition, talent, and energy of these young players, as well as the harsh reality of their struggle for success. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, 2008
ISBN: 9781426202162
1426202164
Characteristics: 159 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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