Date of Award

Spring 5-21-2016

Document Type

Thesis: Open Access

Degree Name

MA History



Committee Chair

Michael Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Committee Co-Chair

Iris Engstrand, Ph.D.


This research examines the history of foreign, Latin American Major League baseball players. It looks at the history of the players, their countries and the expansion of recruitment and training in Latin America. Other factors such as race and labor relations contributed greatly to shifts in player recruitment by MLB. Baseball is an international game and today more than 25% of all major leaguers are foreign-born Latin Americans. This project lays out how this occurred and how the academy training system has evolved and become the industry standard for teams. Through both the history of the earliest Latin American players and the teams that signed them, as well as the history of the MLB player's union (MLBPA), another perspective is offered to historians about recent player production.