The Veracruz Blues

The Veracruz Blues When big league ballplayers return from the war unhappy with the contracts the club owners offer them the wealthy Pasquel brothers pay unheard of salaries to lure disaffected players Sal Maglie Ver

  • Title: The Veracruz Blues
  • Author: Mark Winegardner
  • ISBN: 9780140260281
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Paperback
  • When big league ballplayers return from the war, unhappy with the contracts the club owners offer them, the wealthy Pasquel brothers pay unheard of salaries to lure disaffected players Sal Maglie, Vern Stephens, Danny Gardella, Max Lanier among them to Mexico When they get there, they see that the league already has major league caliber players Negro Leaguers and LaWhen big league ballplayers return from the war, unhappy with the contracts the club owners offer them, the wealthy Pasquel brothers pay unheard of salaries to lure disaffected players Sal Maglie, Vern Stephens, Danny Gardella, Max Lanier among them to Mexico When they get there, they see that the league already has major league caliber players Negro Leaguers and Latinos banned from the majors by the color line or shunned by subtler forms of racism What follows is the first fully integrated season in the history of baseball In a cast that includes Ernest Hemingway, Babe Ruth, Diego Rivera, and Frida Kahlo, at the center of this novel are Theolic Fireball Smith, Negro League star with dreams of being the one who breaks the color line in the U.S Danny Gardella, clown prince wartime outfielder, whose mythic quest almost brings free agency to the majors in the 1940s and Frank Bullinger, novelist cum journalist, the youngest and most lost member of the Lost Generation, whose oral history this novel purports to be.

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    About " Mark Winegardner "

  • Mark Winegardner

    Mark Winegardner born November 24, 1961 is an American writer born and raised in Bryan, Ohio His novels include The Godfather Returns, Crooked River Burning, and The Veracruz Blues He published a collection of short stories, That s True of Everybody, in 2002 His newest novel, The Godfather s Revenge, was published in November 2006 by Putnam His Godfather novels continue the story of the Corleone family depicted in Mario Puzo s The Godfather.According to a press release from Putnam In a major acquisition, G P Putnam s Sons Executive Editor Dan Conaway secured North American rights to The Godfather s Revenge, the capstone to the Corleone family saga, which began with Mario Puzo s landmark novel and was carried forward in Winegardner s 2004 New York Times bestseller, The Godfather Returns The Godfather s Revenge was written by Winegardner, based on Puzo s original characters It s staggering to contemplate the legacy of the Godfather films and novels, says Dan Conaway They have had a deeper, broader and lasting impact on the fabric of contemporary culture than has any other such franchise in the past 50 years It s fitting, then, that The Godfather s Revenge overlays the resonant mythology of the Corleone family onto the most vexing real life mystery of our age, with a storyline that explores the role organized crime may have had in the assassination of a charismatic young President 1

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  • This book blends fact and fiction, setting a disillusioned reporter from St. Louis down in the Mexican League in 1946. The end of the war brought all of the star players back to the major leagues, but there weren’t enough jobs to go around. A number of familiar names wound up down south of the border, where they played alongside greats from the Negro Leagues as well as Mexicans and Cubans. Wealthy Mexican businessman (more like gangster) Jorge Pasquel dreamed of building the Mexican League int [...]


  • The Veracruz Blues tells the story of the Mexican baseball league that was formed in the mid-forties, after the Second World War. The league was run by a rich Mexican baseball fanatic, Jorge Pasquel, who imported players from the U.S. (both black and white - and this is before Jackie Robinson) and Cuba, as well as hiring Mexican players. The plot follows the fortunes of players from all these places and the voices of the players are supplemented by that of the American reporter who most closely [...]


  • "Winegardner's spirited novel covers the field like dew on a spring training morningThe book's strength is bringing forth black players' gripes about American baseball and the society it reflected."-The Washington Post"I liked these Winegardner words in the intro "Still I stress that my intent here is not documentary. A fiction writer must be, to paraphrase Tim O'Brien must be more concerned with the story-truth than the happening-truth."Nice companion to Beiseball by Michael Oleksak and Mary Ad [...]


  • I'd like to give this 2.5 stars, but that's not an option, and if I have to choose between "it was OK" and "I liked it" I'm leaning toward OK. The story was interesting, but the narrative style of cutting from character to character with each chapter made the book feel fractured. Pick one voice (the most likely being the journalist Bullinger) and let him tell the story. Enjoyable read from a baseball perspective.


  • A great work of historical fiction about the glorious 1946 Mexican Baseball League season in which a wealthy Mexican entrepreneur hires all of the best baseball players he can (White, Black, Latin) to play in Mexico. The story of the year is told through the perspective of a number of the different players and personalities involved, making for a diverse set of viewpoints on the good, the bad, and the ugly.


  • If you are baseball fan. this is a very interesting and mostly unknown detour on the well-documented path of baseball history. It's a time when well-established players headed south of the US border to play, Sal "the Barber" Maglie among them, for the promise of more money and/or extending their careers. An interesting gem with great scene setting.


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