Friday, February 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM – Ted Williams: The Enigmatic Hispanic
Join Doc and host Danielle Orr for for their monthly feature on great athletes and sport from the Americas and Caribbean and their connection to popular culture and politics. This new feature is an outgrowth of Doc’s 12-part series on Latino athletes and sport for the El Sol Bilingue Newspaper in Ukiah, CA.
This month, we’ll speak about Hall of Fame baseball player Ted Williams – considered by baseball scholars to be one of the, if not greatest, hitter of the twentieth century. Williams, a California native born and raised in San Diego, played his entire 19-year career with the Boston Red Sox and retired in 1960. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966. A complex, controversial, multi-talented and enigmatic individual, it was little known during his career that Williams mother was Mexican. Williams consciously hid his Mexican heritage, fearing that prejudice would hinder his chances playing in the major leagues – a fascinating story that has great cultural significance today in the United States with its changing demographic.
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