Izenberg pours on the hard-boiled sentiment for these profiles of Latin athletes who overcame the hurdles of prejudice and...

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GREAT LATIN SPORTS FIGURES: The Proud People

Izenberg pours on the hard-boiled sentiment for these profiles of Latin athletes who overcame the hurdles of prejudice and poverty. Besides Roberto Clemente, Chi Chi Rodriguez, and Lee Trevino, there are five others who might not come to mind immediately, including CaÑonero (the horse), Zoilo Versailes, a Cuban whose career faded after an MVP year in Minnesota, and Rod Carew, a Panamanian many fans wouldn't identify as a Latin. But what we'd really like to hear more about is the great days of Sixto Escobar Stadium in San Juan that Izenberg alludes to in his introduction. The style is almost a parody of sportsese, but at least there is a point of view holding this together.

Pub Date: May 14, 1976

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 106

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1976