Latino State News
Little Vil Comm Council To Show “Fernando Nation”, directed by Cruz Angeles FREE 1/21
Photo: Fernando Valenzuela
BASEBALL HERO: The documentary “Fernando Nation”, directed by Cruz Angeles, will be featured at the Little Village Community Council, 3610 W. 26th St. on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2011 at 1 p.m. Free admission. It is a story about a Mexican baseball player named Fernando Valenzuela, 20; a captivating pitcher for the Dodgers.
IN 1962, when Dodgers Stadium was being built in Los Angeles the construction of the stadium uprooted Mexicans from their homes. The Mexican community reacted by boycotting Dodgers games. The boycott forced Dodgers owners to send their scouts to Mexico to discover a Mexican baseball player in order attract Mexicans to their games. The Dodgers scouts found a young pitcher, Fernando Valenzuela, nicknamed “El Toro” by his fans. Valenzuela, overnight, became a hero to millions of Mexican baseball fans with his pitching, especially his killer screwballs. The video jacket reads: “Director Cruz Angeles relives Valenzuela’s impact on the Los Angeles Mexican community”. Don’t miss seeing this historical event in baseball. It’s a four star video.