Monday, 03 September 2012 00:00

Dirty Rice: A Season in the Evangeline League Reviewed on Acadiana 

 AcadianLifeStyle Dirty Rice: A Season in the Evangeline League was reviewed by Melissa G. Teutsch in Acadiana LifeStyle on August 31, 2012. The review, in its entirety, is reprinted below.



By Gerald Duff

UL Press $20

Baseball fans that remember the Evangeline League will be flooded with memories reading this historical fiction novel. Begun in 1935 the league included, among other cities, the New Iberia Cardinals, Lafayette White Sox, Opelousas Indians, and the Rayne Rice Birds. The Birds recruited Gemar Batiste who quickly became the team's star player. Only problem was Gemar was different, an Alabama-Coushatta Indian, who was asked to play the stereotypical Indian and even, asked to cheat. That went against the grain for him as he saw the diamond as a sacred place of honor named in honor of Longfellow's heroine.

This is a warm and humorous story with all the flavor of non-fiction.


To read the review online, click here.