"...an important contribution
to our understanding of the
power of sports to reach,
teach and transform..."
Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice.
It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved.
William Jennings Bryan (1860 -1925)
Buryl Baty was a winning athlete, coach, builder of men, and an early pioneer in the fight against bigotry. In 1950, after serving in the second world war and then quarterbacking the Texas Aggies during the glory days of the old Southwest Conference, Baty became head football coach at Bowie High School in El Paso. He quickly inspired his athletes, all Mexican Americans from the south side ghetto, the Segundo Barrio, with his winning ways and his personal stand against the era’s extreme, deep-seated prejudice—to which they were subjected.
However, just as the team was poised to win a third championship, they were jolted by an unthinkable tragedy that turned their world upside down. Later, these matured former players realized how Coach Baty had influenced them to be worthy and successful men, and dedicated their high school stadium in his name. After another few years, Baty was inducted into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame.
"Champion of the Barrio is an important contribution to our understanding of the power of sports to reach, teach, and transform..."
“... It’s a great story about a great man.”
“...it was unbelievable how he captured El Paso’s heart..."
"...powerful and uplifting."
“...a legacy of inspiration, social consciousness and love. ”