Fort Worth Star-Telegram Articles

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.

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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.

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Gilbert Garcia

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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More Star-Telegram articles by Richard Gonzales

Fort Worth’s Wesley Community House Provided Help for Struggling Immigrants and Women

Immigrant Made a Good Life As Tailor in Arlington

WWII POW Raúl Manríquez Served His Country, The Air Force and Fort Worth

Aída Morossini: A Trailblazer in Spanish Radio in Fort Worth

Mexican Presbyterian Church Became Gethsemane

November 17, 2019—How the 1911 Mystery of Missing Fort Worth Boy Was Solved

Rose Marine Theater Filled a Void for Latino Entertainment

Texas Banned Spanish in Public Schools, But Fort Worth Broke Mold in 1969

Traqueros Laid Rail and Formed Fort Worth’s First Mexican Neighborhood

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