Jorge Iber

in Latino Studies

ISBN: 9780199913701
Published online March 2013 | | DOI:


From the inception of the field of sports history in the early 1970s, a major area of research regarding US sports history has been documenting how racial and ethnic minorities played, participated in, and used athletics for various purposes, such as to challenge negative ethnic stereotypes and to hold on to aspects of their own cultures. Several early projects dealt with baseball in the lives of African Americans, particularly about the Negro Leagues and their importance to civic life in the years after the Great Migration. Subsequently, scholars researched other groups and their experiences with sport. A worthwhile example of such works on Italian Americans (Baldassaro 2011) is noted under General Overviews and Related Articles. While the discipline has expanded, one glaring lacuna has remained: the participation of the Latino community in sport (at all levels) and the significance thereof. Fortunately, in the late 20th and early 21st centuries a few individuals have begun to remedy this gap. While certainly not the oldest project, the most important early work is Viva Baseball! Latin Major Leaguers and Their Special Hunger (Regalado 1998, cited under Baseball).

Article.  5601 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas ; US Cultural History

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