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Far from Home: Latino Baseball Players in America
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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 successbut 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 dont. Yet this isnt just another compendium of highlightsits 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 systemand the tension of illegal immigrationintrude 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 Fathers Day and a must-read for all who love the national game.
Photographer Villegas and sportswriter Wendel dramatically reveal the energy, talent, and hard-driving ambition of baseball players from Venezuela to the Dominican Republic, both the few who make it and the many who don't.
About the Author
José Luis Villegas is a staff photographer with the Sacramento Bee. His work has appeared in the books Away Games and Home is Everything.
Tim Wendel is the author of four books, including Castro's Curveball: A Novel and The New Face of Baseball. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, GQ and Esquire. Visit the author at www.timwendel.com
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