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By Alan M. Klein

ISBN-10: 0691007446

ISBN-13: 9780691007441

ISBN-10: 0691011982

ISBN-13: 9780691011981

From 1985 to 1994 there existed an important yet unheralded scan in specialist baseball. For ten seasons, the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos (The Owls of the 2 Laredos) have been the one crew in expert activities to symbolize international locations. taking part in within the storied Mexican League (an AAA associate of significant league baseball), the "Tecos" had domestic parks on either side of the U.S.-Mexico border, in Laredo, Texas and in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. In actual border type, Mexican and American nationwide anthems have been performed earlier than every one online game, and the Tecos have been operated by means of pursuits in either towns. Baseball at the Border is the tale of the increase and unforeseen dying of this astounding team.

For Alan Klein, a cultural anthropologist focusing on recreation, "the border" is nearly a state of its personal. Having shaped groups of gamers from either side of the Rio Grande for nearly a century, organizers and fans of the "Border Birds" usually subscribe to forces yet simply as often squabble with one another in a prolonged border rigidity. in the course of the publication, Klein contains firsthand observations of the group and outlines of its gamers. Readers will meet Dan Firova, the Tecos' beleaguered supervisor, a border-region local who however reveals himself a goal of the Mexican media. The "Ugly American," Willie Waite, is a tender pitcher whose gorgeous luck does not anything to decrease the disdain he has for his Mexican teammates. Ernesto Barraza, "The Trickster," as soon as threw a no-hitter on basically seventy-three pitches (on April Fool's Day, adequately enough), yet sometimes exhibits up on the park lacking a part of his uniform. after which there's Andres Mora, an elderly slugger who, regardless of 3 seasons in significant league baseball and a lifetime of own excesses, got here inside of a couple of domestic runs of atmosphere the all time Mexican League record.

This is simply a part of the roster of the Tecos and just a fraction of the lineup of Baseball at the Border. someone with an curiosity in baseball might be enlightened and entertained via this informative book.

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