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South of the Color Barrier: How Jorge Pasquel and the Mexican League Pushed Baseball Toward Racial Integration
by John Virtue
This book tells the story of how Mexican multimillionaire businessman Jorge Pasquel and the Mexican League hastened the integration of major league baseball. During the decade that preceded Jackie Robinson's breaking of the color barrier, almost 150 players from the Negro League played in Mexico, most of them recruited by Pasquel.
Paperback, 239 pages
Published October 10th 2007 by McFarland
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Well-written and fascinating from beginning to end, every lover of baseball should read. Tells the lesser known stories of the relationship between the Mexican League, Negro League, and Major Leauge athletes, owners, and fans who helped break and resisted the breaking of the color barrier. A comprehensive look at integrated baseball, in which Jorge Pasquel’s Mexican League paved the way; his rosters boasted Mexicans, Cubans, and Americans from the Negro Leagues for more than a decade before Jack ...more