Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Criticized for Being a ‘Woman Announcer,’ Jessica Mendoza Shines Anyway

*The first woman to call a nationally televised Major League Baseball playoff game is a Latina! VL By Katie Rogers, The New York Times Jessica Mendoza is a former All-American softball star and an ascendant voice among ESPN’s stable of major-league baseball announcers. On Tuesday night, she earned another distinction when she became the first

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

The Cross-Border Walleyball Game That Has Endured For Nearly 40 Years

*I know many of you have seen the photo on social media. Here’s the story behind the picture. The residents of Naco, Arizona and Naco, Sonora play a volleyball game using the border fence as a net....

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

The Secret History Of How Mexico Pushed Baseball Toward Racial Integration

*This wins Thursday’s prize for “must read” of the day: “There were more than 150 black U.S.players that came to Mexico from 1937 to 1946, looking for better salaries and social conditions. Fourteen of them are now...

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

How Jockey Victor Espinoza Went From 14 Year-Old Bus Driver To First Latino To Win Triple Crown

*I don’t tire of this story. He had a fake ID and used it to get a job driving a bus – he was 14 years old. VL By Remezcla Estaff, Remezcla Can you imagine riding on...

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Female boxer toughest fight: Navigating U.S.-Mexico border

*What a cool story. Perseverance on several levels. She’s working to find olympic qualifying tournaments in Mexico, and says that if the Olympics don’t work out, she’ll turn pro. VL By Jorge Melchor, Fox News Latino Leslie Hernandez’s dream...

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Is soccer in the US letting Hispanic talent slip through the cracks?

*All those weekend soccer pick-up games and community leagues? They’re not sanctioned by a major soccer association, so it’s hard for working-class U.S. Latino soccer players to break into the big leagues or international play. It seems...

Monday, June 8th, 2015

American Pharoah Jockey Victor Espinoza Donates Belmont Stakes Money to Charity

*Victor Espinoza was born in Tulancingo, Hidalgo, Mexico. He won his first horse race in the Hipódromo de las Américas in Mexico City in 1992. His donation will benefit a cancer treatment center in California. VL By...

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Roberto Clemente Biopic in the Works at Legendary

*The movie will be produced by the same people who produced “42,” the movie about the life of Jackie Robinson. VL By Dave McNary, Variety , the first Latino inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Legendary has acquired life...

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

What Chris Rock got wrong: Black Latinos and race in baseball

*When I first heard the Chris Rock piece about the lack of blacks on Major League Baseball I thought, what about all the Afro-Latino players? Adrian Burgos Jr., much better at analyzing baseball than me, takes up...

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Victor Espinoza wins second straight Kentucky Derby

*This is the third Kentucky Derby win for Mexican jockey Victor Espinoza. He won the race last year and on 2002. When interviewed immediately after the race Espinoza said “I’m one lucky Mexican.” VL By Gary Klien, The...

Monday, April 27th, 2015

From football to fútbol

*Some context for this story: according to the U.S. Census, Latinos make up 13.5 percent of the population in Durham, NC. A slightly higer percetnage, 13.9, is foreign born, and 19.4 percent speak a language other than...

Monday, April 20th, 2015

A Latino Marathoner Outruns a Childhood of Poverty

*Great story! Fernando Cabada will be running today’s Boston Marathon. He’s a world-class runner, and his story is inspiring. VL By Linsay Crouse, The New York Times Fernando Cabada — a poor Latino from one of the...

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Fair Or Foul? Latino College Football Player Suspended For Being Homeless

*NCAA athlete housing rules have been under close watch since the USC Reggie Bush scandal. But there is an important difference here. Nacita made the Baylor team as a walk-on – no scholarship, no housing plan. VL...

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Minnie Minoso dies; White Sox legend paved way for Latino players

*Minnie is one of the greats. He was the first Afro-Latino great. He debuted in Major League Baseball two years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier. VL By Associated Press/San Francisco Gate CHICAGO — When Minnie...

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