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Mexican Raiders in the Major Leagues: The Pasquel Brothers Versus Organized Baseball, 1946

Mexican Raiders in the Major Leagues: The Pasquel Brothers Versus Organized Baseball, 1946 (Paperback)

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In 1946, American baseball was a shadow of its former self. The country had come through a devastating depression and then a world war. Attendance had spiralled down, stars had gone off to war and come home, and management was at odds with players. Though organized baseball had set about recovering its former strength and popularity, the stage was set for recruiters to steal away dissatisfied players. That's just what the five Pasquel brothers from Mexico did. Armed with promises of wealth and stardom, the Pasquels recruited 23 players away from American teams. For most of them, it was the beginning of the end of their careers. Mexican baseball wasn't the picture the Pasquels painted and the players were not given a cheerful welcome home. This book tells the story of the 1946 exodus to Mexican baseball, setting the stage with chapters on change and war in the U.S., player-management issues that clouded baseball's recovery, and a history of the Mexican "outlaw" league. It describes the Pasquels' move on organized baseball, including details of those who did not take the offer to play for them.

The author reveals what life was like for defectors who played in substandard ballparks, suffered from gastric disturbances and were targets of retribution from home. Chapters then delve into the stories of 23 players who took their bats and gloves south of the border in 1946. The author unravels lawsuits that followed the players' five-year ban from American baseball, and concludes with the career outcomes for players after they returned home.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSport & HobbiesSports & outdoor recreationBaseball Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc Publication Date: 15/07/2006 ISBN-13: 9780786425631  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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The late G. Richard McKelvey was chairman of the department of philosophy and religion at Deerfield Academy (Massachusetts) and longtime coach of the Deerfield baseball and basketball teams. The author of several books about baseball, he lived in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

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