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Champion of the Barrio: How High School Football Changed Lives

Some Texas football fans – and especially Aggie fans – might recognize the name of Buryl Baty. He played quarterback for Texas A&M in the 1940s before serving in World War II. After the war, he was drafted to play professional football but instead opted to become a coach. And it’s as a coach (for […]

Champion of the Barrio Book CoverSome Texas football fans – and especially Aggie fans – might recognize the name of Buryl Baty. He played quarterback for Texas A&M in the 1940s before serving in World War II.

After the war, he was drafted to play professional football but instead opted to become a coach. And it's as a coach (for the poor, segregated, mostly Hispanic Bowie High School in El Paso) that he's perhaps best remembered – more for what his teams endured off the field than on it.

Baty's son, Gaines, has written a new book about his dad and his teams called Champion of the Barrio: The Legacy of Coach Buryl Baty. Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty asked him what kind of coach his dad was.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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