Synopses & Reviews
In Away Games
, first published in 1999, award-winning journalists Marcos Bretón and José Luis Villegas examine the story of Latin America baseball as seen through the eyes of Miguel Tejada, a young Dominican shortstop and one of many promising Latin American prospects who began his big league career with the Oakland A's organization.
Just as African American players electrified baseball in the 1950s, Latino ballplayers are transforming America's past time today. Sammy Sosa, Pedro Martinez and his brother Ramon, Raul Mondesi, Manny Ramirez, and Vladimir Guerrero--they are baseball's future, and they come from places most Americans have never heard of and from lives most Americans could never even imagine. This riveting tale of Tejada's journey from the barrios to the starting lineup of a major league team gives voice to every kid's dream of playing baseball. For some the dream ends in glory and riches, for others in harsh reality and failed potential. The story of Latino baseball is an incredible tale--baseball's last, great untold story.
In Away Games award-winning journalists Marcos Breton and Jose Luis Villegas examine the story of Latin baseball as seen through the eyes of Miguel Tejada, a young Dominican shortstop for the Oakland A's.
The story of Latino players in the major leagues from the perspective of Miguel Tejada, who overcomes abject poverty to succeed, and also of the many who were discarded along the way. Tejeda was named American League MVP for 2002.
About the Author
Marcos Bretón is a senior writer at the Sacramento Bee and is a past winner of the Guillermo Martinez-Marquez Award given by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. José Luis Villegas is a staff photographer for the Sacramento Bee and a two-time winner of the Grand Prize for Photography, also awarded by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.