The 30 Best '30 for 30' Films

As ESPN's groundbreaking series celebrates its fifth anniversary, we pick our favorite films: tales of triumph, tragedy and (of course) 'The U'

29. 'Fernando Nation' (Dir. Cruz Angeles)

During the strike-shortened 1981 Major League Baseball season, one of the biggest on-field stories was the phenomenal Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Fernando Valenzuela, a squat screwballer who baffled hitters and delighted fans. Looking beyond the mania surrounding Valenzuela, Fernado Nation considers the Dodgers' shaky history with L.A.'s Mexican-American community, and how what were meant to be harmless jokes and comments about Valenzuela's ethnicity influenced the public debate over whether he was being overworked and underpaid.

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