Baseball season may have drawn to a close, but the lore and lure of the Boston Red Sox will continue at MIT when two baseball documentaries are shown on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in Room 4-270. Patricia Alvarado, a producer for "La Plaza," a Latino interest series on WBGH, will screen and discuss her two baseball documentaries, "Getting To Fenway" and "El Tiante: A Red Sox Story" as part of the "Chicks Make Flicks" series sponsored by the Program in Women's Studies.
"Getting to Fenway," which won best sports documentary at the 2002 New England Emmy awards, tells of 19-year-old Manny Delcarmen's dream of pitching for the Red Sox. The film covers the tension of Manny's father, himself a skilled but ultimately unsuccessful baseball player, negotiating for a $900,000 signing bonus for his son. "El Tiante: A Red Sox Story" captures the black Cuban exile Luis Tiant's rise from the Latin American leagues to pitch in the 1975 World Series while Boston simmered with racial tension.
Patricia Alvarado has produced music specials and documentaries for "La Plaza" for more than six years. Her films have earned numerous awards including six New England Emmy awards, two Golden Eagle awards, four Telly awards and two awards from the New York Festivals.
Originally from Panama, Alvarado studied communications at the University of Panama and in 1991 received a scholarship to El Instituto Oficial de Radio y TelevisiÃ³n EspaÃ±ola in Madrid. She joined "La Plaza" after completing a master's degree at Emerson College in 1994.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 5, 2003.