Recent Articles by Richard Gonzales
Baseball fever spread through Fort Worth’s Mexican neighborhoods in the 1950s and ’60s
Since the 1930s, Fort Worth Mexican immigrants and their descendants have enjoyed playing baseball in sandlots, open fields, and sometimes on city diamonds.
You don’t have to look far to see evidence of Fort Worth’s Hispanic heritage, culture
Evidence of the rich influence of Spanish, Mexican, and Tejano cultures in Fort Worth looms in bold display at Sundance Square Plaza. The Chisholm Trail mural of cowboys herding longhorn cattle reflects Moorish and Spanish bovine and vaquero roots.
These two Latino World War II veterans fought for the American dream in Fort Worth
When Sam Garcia arrived to Fort Worth in 1958, his encounter with Gilbert Garcia (no relation) turned his business and cultural fortunes around.
Like Gilbert, Sam was a World War II veteran, having served as a medic in Africa, Southern France and Italy. On his return to his hometown of Pittsburg, Oklahoma, he gained his U.S. citizenship, but failed in several business enterprises.
Baseball legend, Texas Rangers manager Ted Williams shunned this part of his heritage
At the home opener of the Texas Rangers ball club on April 21, 1972, in Arlington Stadium, 20,105 jubilant fans cheered the team’s first appearance in North Texas.
This ‘home-grown educational maestro’ left her mark on bilingual education in Fort Worth
Jesse Martinez, former District 6 Fort Worth Independent School District Board member, recalled his joy to discover Alice Contreras was his second grade teacher at M. G. Ellis Elementary School.
Fort Worth’s first Mexican American city councilman rose from El Pozo, or The Hole.
After 104 years of the city’s incorporation, Louis Zapata, the first Mexican American Fort Worth council representative, was sworn into office on April 19, 1977, before a crowd of jubilant Latinos.