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Field of Dreams
Alexander Wolff's feature on the 1949 Bowie High Bears (The Barrio Boys, June 27) is a remarkable piece of journalism. Nemo Herrera and his team overcame economic hardship, geographical displacement and language barriers to become champions. Assimilating into American culture by learning English and excelling at the national pastime in a country that responded with discrimination and hostility shows the values and determination that many Mexican-Americans displayed in post-WWII America.
Ron Reyes, Las Vegas
It is amazing what a group of youngsters can accomplish when they are surrounded by positive influences and are challenged to overcome obstacles. It must have been very rewarding for Herrera to see his team succeed on the diamond as well as in life, despite growing up with very little. It's just a shame that the powers that be at the time could not bring themselves to recognize these kids for their accomplishments.
Jon Orellana, Pleasanton, Calif.
The story on the Bowie High Bears was a true inspiration. However, after reading it, I was stunned to learn about another primarily Latino high school baseball team from the El Paso area and how they were affected by the same kind of prejudice. During the semifinal of the Texas State baseball championship in 2009, the young men at Socorro High had to endure taunts and chants of "We Speak English!" from opposing fans waving the Confederate flag from the stands. It's amazing how many people in this day and age are so ignorant of the inhumanity that this behavior represents.
Pete Novakovic, Seven Hills, Ohio
While it may seem noble for Wimbledon to forgo millions in sponsorship money (SCORECARD, June 27), I can't help but think that tennis would be better served if the money in question was used to promote and develop the sport, especially in the United Kingdom. Has the All England Club not noticed how poorly Britons have fared at Wimbledon over the last four decades? Not using sponsorship money to grow homegrown talent seems shortsighted and maybe even harmful to the game's future.