Academic journal article The Southern Review

Translator's Note: Richard V. McGehee

Academic journal article The Southern Review

Translator's Note: Richard V. McGehee

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Sergio Ramirez was a principal member of the planning for the group Sandinista revolutionary movement responsible for the 1979 overthrow of Somoza's dictatorship, which had controlled Nicaragua for many years. Ramirez was a member of the new ruling junta and became vice president in the first elected Sandinista government. Much of his writing reflects his political background and experiences, and being Nicaraguan, he sometimes gives baseball an important role, as in "El centerfielder," "Juego perfecto," "Tarde de sol," and "Aparicion en la fabrica de ladrillos." "Apparition in the Brick Factory" contains fantasy but also much reality: baseball's status as Nicaragua's national sport; General Somoza (who had his own baseball team--as did Rafael Leonidas Trujillo in the Dominican Republic--and was a great supporter of the national ream); famous and respected baseball announcer Sucre Frech and sportswriter Edgard Tijerino; the Sandinista revolution; the National Sports Institute, which promotes children's sports and sponsors national athletes and teams; and the Protestant missionaries who have developed a strong presence all over traditionally Catholic Central America. …

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