Far From Home: Latino Baseball Players in America

Tim Wendel ’96

National Geographic

  • 2008 |
  • ALUMNI |
  • BOOK |
  • knight-wallace |

From Argentina and Venezuela to the Dominican Republic and the rest of the Caribbean, thousands of boys grow up playing sandlot ball and planning a big-league career. Inspired by Latino greats who paved the way, young men head north in hopes of baseball success – but often find themselves in far different situations. Photographer José Luis Villegas and sportswriter Tim Wendel dramatically reveal the energy, talent, and hard-driving ambition of these determined players, both the few who make it and the many who don’t. Yet this isn’t just another compendium of highlights – it’s a bold and sometimes heartbreaking look at the ups and downs of chasing a dream. The book captures all the flash and glory of being a major-league star at the top of his game – as well as the struggles faced by other hopefuls who have to take a longer, tougher road. For many of these men, the realities of the system– and the tension of illegal immigration – intrude on the dream.

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