In Away Games, first published in 1999, award-winning journalists Marcos Bret n and Jos Luis Villegas examine the story of Latin America baseball as seen through the eyes of Miguel Tejada, a young Dominican shortstop and one of many promising Latin American prospects who began his big league career with the Oakland A's organization.
Just as African American players electrified baseball in the 1950s, Latino ballplayers are transforming America's past time today. Sammy Sosa, Pedro Martinez and his brother Ramon, Raul Mondesi, Manny Ramirez, and Vladimir Guerrero--they are baseball's future, and they come from places most Americans have never heard of and from lives most Americans could never even imagine. This riveting tale of Tejada's journey from the barrios to the starting lineup of a major league team gives voice to every kid's dream of playing baseball. For some the dream ends in glory and riches, for others in harsh reality and failed potential. The story of Latino baseball is an incredible tale--baseball's last, great untold story.
Marcos Bret n is a senior writer at the Sacramento Bee and is a past winner of the Guillermo Martinez-Marquez Award given by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Jos Luis Villegas is a staff photographer for the Sacramento Bee and a two-time winner of the Grand Prize for Photography, also awarded by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.