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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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07 Oct Powerful Life Lessons Radio Interview

In a nutshell, the author, Gaines Baty, is a Dallas-area CEO and former all-conference football player at Texas Tech.  Several years ago, he began doing some research to write a book about the dad he never really got an opportunity to know -- All-American Texas...

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12 Aug Review by Lone Star Literary Life

Champion of the Barrio: The Legacy of Coach Buryl Baty by R. Gaines Baty is the latest biography in Texas A&M University Press’s Spirit of Sport: A Series of Books Focusing on Sport in Modern Society. The author, older son of Coach Baty, undertook this project as a way to...

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23 May Dallas Morning News

First-time author tells story of father and former Aggie he barely got to know.  Buryl Baty was a star at Paris High and at Texas A&M, not to mention a hero at El Paso Bowie. But he was mostly a ghost to his oldest son, who was...

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13 Apr KZNE Sports Radio 1150-AM The Zone

Champion of the Barrio: The Legacy of Coach Buryl Baty book author Gaines Baty and Bryan Broadcasting's assistant sports director Zach Taylor discuss the tragic yet inspiring life story of 1940's Aggie all-star quarterback, Detroit Lions draft pick, and 1950-1954 El Paso Bowie High School head football...

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13 Apr Lake Highlands Advocate

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...

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