Mexican American Baseball in Houston and Southeast Texas pays tribute to the baseball and softball players and teams from Houston, Sugar Land, Texas City, Richmond, and other surrounding communities in the region. Since the early 1900s, this game has had an important role in the lives of area Mexican Americans. In the Houston barrios, when entrenched discriminatory practices obstructed city unity, the diamond brought people together. In the Sugar Land region, Mexican Americans, African Americans, and Anglos worked and played together, blurring racial lines. Baseball and softball built community pride and connected generations of Mexican American families. The wonderful stories and breathtaking images in this book help resurrect the rich and little-known history of Mexican American baseball and softball in this key part of Texas.
Richard A. Santill n is professor emeritus of ethnic and women studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Coauthors are Gregory Garrett, educational specialist, Institute of Texan Cultures, University of Texas, San Antonio; Joseph Thompson, sports historian and PhD student, University of Houston; Mikaela Selley, Hispanic Collections archivist, Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library; and William Lange, student of history, University of Houston.