Authors of Book on Mexican-American Baseball in Los Angeles Looking to Author One About OC Peloteros

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The Arcadia series of history books are always hit-and-miss affairs, with amateur historians authoring books on their home regions while excluding that with which they're not familiar. It's no surprise then, that most of the Arcadia books on Orange County don't bother with subaltern histories and usually get them laughably wrong.

So leave it to a group of Los Angeles professors to take the initiative and explore the world of Orange County Mexican-American baseball teams. Francisco Balderrama and Richard Santillan are the authors of the book at right, a great retelling of the rich history of Mexican-American teams in Los Angeles.

Combining rare photos, informative captions, and a thirst for knowledge and storytelling evident on every page, Mexican American Baseball in Los Angeles is a fine addition to any sports lover's library. They do sneak in a reference to La Habra's Jesse Flores, but Santillan tells the Weekly that he and the researchers who compiled the book are investigating OC's own Mexican-American baseball leagues (created because gabachos refused to play with them on the same diamond) so we can have our own volume. If you have stories to tell, e-mail Santillan at rsantillan@earthlink.net.

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"(created because gabachos refused to play with them on the same diamond)"

Really? Maybe that's the case -- but who built the diamond in the first place? And frankly, I'll bet I can find plenty of 'Mexican-American' sports leagues today, or leagues that only advertise their existence in Spanish.

Yup, took about 15 seconds. Here is the 'Dallas Mexican-American Baseball (¿or should that be Beisbol?) league. Today, ahorita, right fucking now, Calvito.

http://www.facebook.com/dmablb...

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gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Mitchell: Please put up your bigot remarks under one consistent name. Thank you.

DEPORTNICKSCHOU
DEPORTNICKSCHOU

i'm glad u got rid of Nick Schou. he was a traitor 2 his race

mitchell
mitchell

But why is it okay for 'Mexican-Americans' to have their own league, in 2011, after 'the Civil Rights Movement' etc, but it was evil for whitey to have their own league back in the day? Of course, this is a trivial example -- the continued existence of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus , the Congressional Black Caucus, etc are more more serious.

Mitchell
Mitchell

Your software makes that a bit of a hassle, Calvito, but I'll try.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

You obviously missed my column on the etymology of the word—but why bother with facts with you?

myoung2
myoung2

Ja, ja, ja, I was calling my Catalan friends 'gabacho' años antes de que se pusó de moda aqui, entre los cholos. Porque son gabachos de verdad. Vidi

http://buscon.rae.es/draeI/Srv...

¿Pensaste que la palabra viene de Nahautl, Calvito?

Myoung2
Myoung2

BTW I have zero problem with the Mexican-America baseball league in itself. Just think it is hypocritical to complain about whites self-segregating if you do it yourselves.

Myoung2
Myoung2

I looked at every single team picture -- there were zero of what you (incorrectly) call 'gabachos'. (BTW, the word is highly offensive, deriving as it does from the provençal word for goiter. You are essential calling your target diseased cretins.) There are two 'brothers', but their team seems to have only seven players -- being 'boycotted' perhaps? At any rate, two out of 90 or so hardly spells integration -- assuming the fellows are not black Mexicans.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

If you actually researched said leagues, you'd know that gabachos and others play in them—but, of course, that reality doesn't mesh with your persecuted White mentality, so you'll dismiss it immediately.

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