Buryl Baty was a winning athlete, coach, builder of men -- and an early pioneer against bigotry. In 1950, after serving in World War II, quarterbacking the Texas Aggies during glory days of the old Southwest Conference, and being drafted by the NFL's Detroit Lions, Baty became head football coach for the Bowie High School Bears in the Segundo Barrio of El Paso. Coach Baty quickly inspired this all-Mexican American team of athletes from the south side ghetto with his winning ways and personal stand against the era's extreme, deep-seated prejudice to which they were subjected. Decades later, the school and its former players memorialized Coach Baty's legacy by dedicating Bowie High's stadium in his name, and inducting him into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame. Champion of the Barrio: The Legacy of Coach Buryl Baty is written by Gaines Baty, son of this legendary coach, who came to know his dad, and learn from him, through the eyes of over 100 people whose lives he touched.
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Gaines Baty releases inspirational story of his father, Champion of the Barrio.
Gaines Baty says he was stunned to come across mention of his late father, Buryl Baty, while reading Jim Dent’s football best-seller, Twelve Mighty Orphans. Buryl died tragically when Gaines was 4, after becoming a legendary quarterback at Texas A&M and respected coach at Luling High School and Bowie in El Paso.
“My dad’s story is as inspirational as the one I’m reading,” Gaines decided, and he set about writing his father’s inspiring tale.