Adrian Burgos, Jr., is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Illinois, specializing in U.S. Latino history, urban history,and sport history. His latest book, a biography of Alex Pompez entitled Cuban Star: How One Negro League Owner Changed the Face of Baseball was published in 2011 by Hill & Wang. His first book, Playing America’s Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line received the inaugural Latino/a Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association and named a Seymour Medalist Finalist by the Society of American Baseball Research. His work has been featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter, NPR, MLB.com, and other media outlets. Born in New York and raised in south Florida, he graduated from Vassar College and received his doctorate from the University of Michigan.