March 5, 2021

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Jose de la Caridad Mendez was the first Latino baseball legend ever. In his homeland of Cuba, they called him "El Diamante Negro," The Black Diamond.
Beisbol! Latino Baseball Pioneers And Legends
Jonah Winter

Beisbol! Latino Baseball Pioneers And Legends

By: Jonah Winter
Recommended for grade(s): 4, 5

Baseball, known as America's favorite pastime, is a favorite sport in Latin America as well. In this fascinating and colorfully written collection of profiles, author/illustrator Jonah Winter gives us a guide to Latino heroes, including little known pioneers of the sport. Readers learn stats and anecdotes about fourteen players including Dolf Luque, the Cuban pitcher who became the first Latin American star in the major leagues and Roberto Clemente, the legendary Puerto Rican outfielder of the 1950s and 1960s and and Felipe Alou, the first full-time Dominican star in the majors who later became the first Latin American Manager of the Year. —from the website at Penguin Random House

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We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
Kadir Nelson

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

By: Kadir Nelson
Recommended for grade(s): 5

“We are the ship; all else the sea.”-Rube Foster, founder of the Negro National League. The story of Negro League baseball is the story of gifted athletes and determined owners; of racial discrimination and international sportsmanship; of fortunes won and lost; of triumphs and defeats on and off the field. It is a perfect mirror for the social and political history of black America in the first half of the twentieth century. But most of all, the story of the Negro Leagues is about hundreds of unsung heroes who overcame segregation, hatred, terrible conditions, and low pay to do the one thing they loved more than anything else in the world: play ball. Using an “Everyman” player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through its decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. The voice is so authentic, you will feel as if you are sitting on dusty bleachers listening intently to the memories of a man who has known the great ballplayers of that time and shared their experiences. But what makes this book so outstanding are the dozens of full-page and double-page oil paintings-breathtaking in their perspectives, rich in emotion, and created with understanding and affection for these lost heroes of our national game. We Are the Ship is a tour de force for baseball lovers of all ages.   Coretta Scott King Award Winner 2009. --From the website at Disney

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Winning Fantasy Baseball
Larry Schechter

Winning Fantasy Baseball

By: Larry Schechter
Recommended for grade(s): 10, 11, 12, College Plus

Play smart. Play to win. Play like a champion. In Winning Fantasy Baseball, Larry Schechter discloses the secrets of his proven methods. Packed with commonsense, easy-to-use strategies for beginners through experienced players, Schechter supplies readers with a toolkit to achieve the most important thing in fantasy ball--winning! Some have called Schechter one of the best fantasy baseball players in the world. He is a two-time winner of the CDM Sports national salary-cap challenge, having defeated 7,500 competitors in 2002 and 6,000 in 2005. He is also a six-time winner of the renowned Tout Wars experts league and a one-time winner of the USA Today-sponsored League of Alternative Baseball Reality (LABR). --From Amazon

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Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States
Lori M. Carlson

Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States

By: Lori M. Carlson
Recommended for grade(s): 3, 4

A collection of poems in Spanish and English celebrates the Spanish-American experience of growing up in a dual-cultural environment and includes works by such acclaimed writers as Sandra Cisneros, Martin Espada and Gary Soto. --From the website at Macmillan

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