When Mexicans Could Play Ball: Basketball, Race, and Identity in San Antonio, 1928-1945

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In 1939, a team of short, scrappy kids from a vocational school established specifically for Mexican Americans became the high school basketball champions of San Antonio, Texas. Their win, and the ensuing riot it caused, took place against a backdrop of shifting and conflicted attitudes toward Mexican Americans and American nationalism in the WWII era. "Only when the Mexicans went from perennial runners-up to champs," Garcia writes, "did the emotions boil over." The first sports book to look at Mexican American basketball ...

When Mexicans Could Play Ball: Basketball, Race, and Identity in San Antonio, 1928-1945 2014, University of Texas Press, Austin, TX

ISBN-13: 9780292753778

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