Learning English Alou and Cepeda

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In this March 8, 1962 file photo Felipe Alou, outfielder for the San Francisco Giants, poses in Casa Grande, Ariz. Alou and Orlando Cepeda were dark-skinned Latinos who knew little English when they arrived in the minor leagues as teenagers, among the first wave of Spanish-speaking players thrown into a new culture to play professional baseball. Both are encouraged to see so many young players from Latin America now arriving in the U.S. with better English skills, thanks in large part to all 30 major league organizations putting more emphasis into such training through academies in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

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