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All-Star game becomes part of immigration fight

Sports and politics became intertwined when civil rights activists targeted the Super Bowl as they fought Arizona's refusal to observe the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday in the early 1990s.

Two decades later, Arizona is again caught in a tangle of balls and bills. The focal point this time is the state's illegal immigration laws, and the forum for dissent is Major League Baseball's All-Star Game.

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Cubs Win! (access required)

And by that I mean the City of Mesa’s voters agreed to fund an $84 million training complex for the Chicago baseball institution, allowing the team to continue preparing for 30 more heartbreaking and frustrating seasons of futility.  Or maybe ...

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Baseball in the Old Pueblo, c. 1908 (access required)

These are the members of Drachman’s Elysian Grove baseball team in Tucson. Standing left to right are Frank “Pancho” Navarro, Emanuel “Manny” Drachman (team captain and catcher), Herb Drachman, William Armstrong and Julian Montano. In the foreground are Julian Vargas, ...

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