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TLDR: Fernandomania and the Chavez Ravine reconquista
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#otd in #lalife and #lahistory the Players Association for Major League Baseball went on strike in 1981. In so doing, they cut short a great pitching start. Fernando Valenzuela was a heretofore unknown prospect out of the villages in Northern Mexico’s Sonora State. That Dodger catcher Mike Scioscia spoke Spanish fluently helped make this early debut possible, eight victories to zero defeats with five shutouts and a 0.5 earned run average. Despite the interruption and a lackluster second half to the season, Valenzuela still finished with major accolades: the Cy Young Award for pitching and Rookie of the Year. Fernandomania describes the nationwide fandom that emerged around the unlikely star, a short and stout man who threw fairly slow pitches but with deadly accuracy. Mexican Americans, many of whom did not have much fondness for beisbol, especially the Dodgers, got on board with Los Doyers. And legacies of that shift remain apparent at Dodger Stadium and in the organization today. The fanbase is a multiracial coalition. What began as an experiment in pulling suburban Whites back into baseball has become instead a Borderlands team. Fernandomania should not constitute any distraction from the very real labor dispute former Steelworker organizer and baseball representative Marvin Miller provoked. The Bronx-based activist put twenty years into securing players free agency and making baseball into visible proof in the heart of mass culture that unions can do so much for workers. That the media savaged baseball for its last strike in 1994 will go down in history as a major turning point in U.S. popular attitudes toward labor.
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#LA #LosAngeles #History #Dodgers #DodgerStadium #FernandoValenzuela #Fernandomania #Doyers #MexicanAmerican #Chicano #Beisbol #Fans #ThinkBlue #MikeScioscia #CyYoungAward #RookieoftheYear #MLB #Labor #Union #Strike

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Cuando al paso de los años.. de muchas entrevistas.. de coincidir en muchos eventos.. de largas pláticas.. y entonces tu primer ídolo del deporte ya es tu amigo y tiene detalles como este regalazo! Grande #Toro ⚾️🙌🏻 #dodgers #tigres #fernandovalenzuela #34 #idolo #leyenda #amigos #happiness #priceless #nicegift #fernandomania #friends #tshirt #pitcher

De las cosas increíbles que se encuentran en Dodger Stadium. #Fernandomania #mexicanstyle 📸 @bambino_sedano

If you never witnessed #FernandoValenzuela pitch or didn't live through the phenomenon that was #Fernandomania, you have no idea. Watching him at the #AlumniGame yesterday was a trip back in time 🇲🇽 #Nikon #D3100 #NikonD3100 #DSLR #DodgerStadium #ChavezRavine #baseball #野球 #やきゅう#beisbol #MLB @mlb #Dodgers #WeLoveLA #LosAngeles #LetsGoDodgers #LiveBreatheBlue #ITFDB #BlueCrew #ThisTeam #LADetermined #Mexico #eltoro

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So who’s giving the pointers here?
‘88 Dodgers Alumni Game
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Two of my all-time favorite #Dodgers in the dugout together today for the Alumni Game! #thegoodoledays #itfdb @orelhershiser55 #fernandovalenzuela #34 #55 #fernandomania #dodgersnation

With my mama 💙 watching the #alumnigame she never comes anymore but of course she came to see her man pitch and reminisce. ⚾️💐#mothersdayweekend #dodgers #fernandomania #mom

First game of the season. #losangelesdodgers #fernandomania

Before the stadium, there was a community called Chávez Ravine that was home to about 1,200 families. About 1,200 families were displaced and replaced by what most Angelinos call their second home 6 months out of the year. Some of the displaced never stepped a foot inside our precious gem. Some never intended to become Dodger fans until he came along. Finally, someone who looked like us, or at least, not like them. Someone who spoke our language and like most immigrants, initially, didn’t speak theirs. This guy made people who normally wouldn’t have an interest in baseball care about baseball and among these people were some who promised they’d never attend a Dodger game. So honored to have had this short exchange with my all-time favorite Dodger...a true hero to Mexican Angelinos. #losdesterrados #chávezravine #fernandomania #eltoro #fernandovalenzuela #mexicanheritagenight #dodgerstadium

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