Fresh off winning his second American League Manager of the Year and leading the Tampa Rays to their third playoff appearance, Joe Maddon returned home this past Christmas to visit his family and help rebuild a town that still remains close to his heart.

Hazleton was built around its thriving coal mines, which attracted European immigrants to Hazleton from the mid-nineteenth century to the early 1920s. By the turn of the twenty-first century, Hazleton’s coal mining industry was moribund. The city was aging and poor. But beginning in 2001 thousands of Hispanics relocated to Hazleton, attracted by jobs at the city’s multiplying industrial parks. Over the past decade, Hazleton has defied regional trends by seeing its population grow, by more than eight percent. The growth is due in large part to the influx of Hispanics, who constitute forty percent of the population, up from just four percent in 2001.

Original Air Date: February 19, 2012 (OTL / SportsCenter, ESPN and SportsCenter, ESPN Deportes)

Produced by Jeff Ausiello and Gustavo Coletti
Reporter: Jeremy Schaap

Production Details:
Shot in location in Hazleton, Pennsylvania between December 2011 and January 2012
Directors of Photography: Mike Bollacke and Matt Wachsman
Audio Operator: Jason Mangini
Editor: Jason Sánchez
Animator: Luis Yordan

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