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Book Review: Viva Baseball: Latin Major Leaguers And Their Special Hunger by Samuel O. Regalado

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Viva Baseball: Latin Major Leaguers and Their Special Hunger by Samuel O.  Regalado documents the struggles of Latin baseball players from the end of the nineteenth century. He explains how many Latins received low paying contracts. The presentation has numerous black and white pictures throughout. In connection with this book, Regalado interviewed at least 25 Latin baseball stars, including Felipe Alou, Orlando Cepeda, and Tony Oliva.

The book portrays Luis Aparicio of the Chicago White Sox. Aparicio was known to make routine, difficult and seemingly impossible plays. In ’56, he led the American League in putouts, assists and the fewest errors.

Orlando Cepeda of the St. Louis Cardinals is depicted in the book. The Baseball Writer’s Association selected Cepeda for the ’58 Rookie of the Year Award. In ’61, he blasted 46 home runs and drove in 142 runs. Tony Oliva of the Twins is shown, too. In ’64, he achieved a .323 average, according to Regalado.

Juan Marichal is featured. In ’60, he played with the Giants. Before the end of the decade, Marichal won over twenty games six times. In addition, he was known for a high kick windup.

The legendary Rod Carew is shown. He won seven American League Batting titles, collected 3053 hits and was named ’77 MVP for the American League. He had a .328 career batting average and was entered into the ’91 Hall of Fame.

Regalado has an extensive bibliography consisting of citations like Sport Magazine, New York Times, Sentinal, Sports Illustrated, and the Chicago Tribune, to mention just a few. There are a few inaccuracies in the presentation. For instance, Cuban pro baseball started in 1878 not 1868. In addition, Bobby Avila played for Almendares in the Cuban (not the Mexican) league.

Viva Baseball is a wonderful book which documents the significant achievements of Latin players for more than a century in the game of baseball. The author’s contribution to the sport is considerable for this alone, although there may be some factual errors in parts of the book due to the fact-checking issues inherent in an extensive research effort of this magnitude.

The author doesn’t say so, but today there are a multitude of professionals in law, accountancy, finance, computer applications, and other fields available to assist Latin players. Assistance can be provided with the many contract and professional issues which arise out of the shear amounts of money that changes hands in the sport. Additionally, there is a need for continuing accountability to the players, owners, media and the public.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.