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Book Chronicles Mexican-American Baseball In Early Houston History

For Mexican Americans growing up in Greater Houston, baseball was more than just a sport. A new book of photographs chronicles their story. We hear from the authors and a former player.

Felix Fraga UH Baseball
Felix Fraga bats for the University of Houston Cougars. He would later be invited to join the St. Louis Cardinals organization, but he declined and chose to pursue a master’s degree in social work. Fraga is featured in a new book called “Mexican American Baseball in Houston and Southeast Texas” from Arcadia Publishing.

Mexican American Baseball in Houston and Southeast Texas Book CoverFor Mexican Americans growing up in Greater Houston, baseball was more than just a sport. It brought together a community often faced with discrimination.

That’s according to a new book that looks at Mexican-American baseball in the region.

It’s called Mexican American Baseball in Houston and Southeast Texasand we hear from Felix Fraga, himself a former baseball player and community activist, and two of the book’s co-authors: Joe Thompson and Will Lange.

Mexican American Baseball Co-Authors
(L-R) Joe Thompson, co-author of “Mexican American Baseball in Houston and Southeast Texas,” Felix Fraga, a former Houston baseball player, and Will Lange, co-author of the book, pose in the lobby of Houston Public Media.

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