When Mexicans Could Play Ball: Basketball, Race, and Identity in San Antonio, 1928–1945

In San Antonio, Texas, Mexican American basketball players have been a part of the fabric of the city for over 100 years. “When Mexicans Could Play Ball” tells their story.

The book chronicles the rise of Mexican American basketball players in San Antonio from the early 1900s to the present day. It documents the challenges and obstacles they faced in a segregated society, as well as their successes on and off the court.

“When Mexicans Could Play Ball” is more than just a history book. It is a story of perseverance, determination, and pride. These players overcame great odds to achieve their dreams, and in doing so, inspired a generation of Mexican Americans.

San Antonio has always been a basketball city, and these players are its legends. Their story is one that needs to be told, and this book does it justice. If you’re a fan of basketball, or just a fan of good stories, “When Mexicans Could Play Ball” is a must-read.

Editorial Reviews


This book is an excellent portrayal of the life and times of young Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in Texas during World War II. ― El Paso Times Published On: 2015-01-01

Ignacio M. Garcia tells an immersive story of victory and defeat. ― Southwestern Historical Quarterly Published On: 2015-11-01

About the Author

Ignacio M. García is the Lemuel Hardison Redd, Jr., Professor of Western and Latino History at Brigham Young University and the author of five books, including White But Not Equal, United We Win, and Chicanismo. His book Viva Kennedy: Mexican Americans in Search of Camelot won the Texas State Historical Association Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize for Best Book on Texas History.

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