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Gr 7 Up-Whereas Aguirre may be best known for his outstanding professional baseball career, Copley devotes at least an equal amount of text to his subject's career as entrepreneur, businessman, and provider of employment opportunities for thousands of his fellow Hispanics through his establishment of Mexican Industries. According to the author, Aguirre developed his work ethic growing up in California in a large Mexican-American family. As teenagers, he and his brother Fred got up before 5:00 a.m. daily to make and box a thousand corn tortillas for the family business. However, every spare moment was spent honing the pitching skills that served him throughout his successful 18-year baseball career that included stints as mediator, coach, and manager. Myriad reminiscences from friends, family, employees, colleagues, and fellow athletes provide readers with the sense of true admiration felt for the subject. Whereas readers may relate more to the baseball era of Aguirre's life, it is the saga of Mexican Industries that is truly a rags-to-riches story. Copley knew Aguirre well and reveals his foibles as well as his attributes in this well-balanced biography.-Sylvia V. Meisner, Allen Middle School, Greensboro, NC

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