Mexican American Baseball in Kansas City highlights the standout teams and players in the greater Kansas City area and other communities in the Sunflower State. Following labor opportunities, Mexican immigrants proliferated in the region in the first decade of the 20th century. Eventually, they and their offspring settled in countless communities, including Kansas City, Topeka, Newton, Chanute, Emporia, Wellington, Wichita, Dodge City, and Garden City, and had extended family networks in Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Iowa. Baseball and softball in their own unique ways confronted discrimination and promoted the spirit for social equality. These remarkable photographs and wonderful memorabilia provide ample evidence and insight about those who loved the game.
About the Author
Richard A. Santillán is professor emeritus of ethnic and women studies at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona. Coauthors are Gene T. Chávez, curator for the Kansas City Museum and professor of counseling, Webster University-Kansas City; Rod Martínez, advisory board member of the Latino Baseball History Project at California State University, San Bernardino; Raymond Olais, Newton community historian and archivist; and Ben Chappell, associate professor, Department of American Studies at the University of Kansas.
Table of Contents
1 Mexican American Baseball in Kansas City 9
2 Second Generation Takes the Field 25
3 Third Generation Takes the Field 41
4 Newton Softball Tournament 57
5 The Sunflower State 77
6 Coast to Coast 93
7 Field of Dreams 113
Latino Baseball History Project Advisory Board 127