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La Plaza; El Tiante: A Red Sox Story


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La Plaza
El Tiante: A Red Sox Story
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Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

Program Description

It was autumn 1975 and the streets of Boston simmered with racial tension. On the mound at Fenway Park, Luis Tiant a black Cuban exile pitched his first game in the World Series. For the Red Sox, the last team in Major League Baseball to integrate, 60 years of shattered World Series hopes rested on the shoulders of “El Tiante.” The biggest issues of the day – race and baseball – converged on the pitching mound in the city’s fabled ballpark. And for Luis Tiant, who had worked his way up from Latin American baseball teams to the U.S. major leagues, there was only one question: would his best be good enough?



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; El Tiante: A Red Sox Story,” 02/04/2003, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 19, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4C07569868414BDA9211B313723561FE.
MLA: “La Plaza; El Tiante: A Red Sox Story.” 02/04/2003. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 19, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4C07569868414BDA9211B313723561FE>.
APA: La Plaza; El Tiante: A Red Sox Story. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4C07569868414BDA9211B313723561FE
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