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The Latino Baseball History Project

History of the Project

The project began as a collaboration between Terry Cannon, Executive Director of the Baseball Reliquary, and Cesar Caballero, who was then an Associate Library Dean at California State University, Los Angeles. Initially they planned an exhibit to educate students about the history of Mexican American baseball in the Los Angeles area and, perhaps, to host a related event. The response from students, faculty, and the community was nothing short of amazing. Men who played on the Mexican American teams had fascinating stories to tell and soon California State University faculty developed an oral history class around Latino baseball history.

Timeline:

2004: Terry Cannon and Cesar Caballero collaborate to create a library exhibit on Mexican American baseball history.

2005: Francisco Balderrama, a history professor at California State University, Los Angeles, creates an oral history class around the history of Mexican American baseball. Student interest is so intense that the class must be expanded to accomodate more students.

2006: Tthe project receives a $5,000 grant from the California Council for the Humanities to fund the exhibit.

March 26-June 9, 2006: The exhibit, Mexican-American Baseball in Los Angeles: From the Barrios to the Big Leagues, debuts at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library at California State University, Los Angeles. The exhibit then travels to other California venues including the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, the Pomona Public Library, and a community organization in Brawley.

2008: The project moves to California State University, San Bernardino and expands. It is renamed: The Latino Baseball History Project: The Southern California Experience to bring in materials on all Latinos involved in baseball in Southern California.

2009: Pfau Library at California State University San Bernardino, hosted a Latino Baseball Reunion.

2010: California State University professor Cherstin Lyon taught an oral history class in which students did research on Latino baseball history, conducted oral histories with players, and created exhibits to inform the campus community about Latino baseball history.

July 7, 2010 Pfau Library at California State University San Bernardino hosts the 2nd Latino Baseball Reunion.

February 21, 2011: Mexican American Baseball in Los Angeles, by Francisco E. Balderrama and Richard A. Santillan, forward by Samuel O. Regalado is published by Arcadia Publishing.

July 6, 2011: Pfau Library at California State University San Bernardino hosts the 3rd Latino Baseball Reunion.

March 19 - June 23, 2012: California State Polytechnic University at Pomona hosts the exhibit: Mexican American Women and Softball 1930-1959: A League of Their Own and the Struggle for Gender Equality.

May 5, 2012: First pitch ceremony at Fiscalini Field in San Bernardino to honor players from the Latino Baseball History Project.

May 7, 2012: Mexican American Baseball in the Inland Empire by Richard A. Santillan, Mark A. Ocegueda and Terry A. Cannon, forward by Jose M. Alamillo is published by Arcadia Publishing.

May 29, 2012: California State Polytechnic University at Pomona hosts a luncheon, panel discussions, and a first-pitch ceremony honoring Mexican American women in baseball and softball from 1930-1959.

May 31, 2012: California State Polytechnic University at Pomona library hosts a panel discussion of current research on Mexican American women, softball, and issues of gender.

August 1, 2012: California State University San Bernardino hosts the 4th Latino Baseball History Project Reunion!

August 28, 2012: Mitla Café in San Bernardino hosts a reception in honor of Mexican American baseball in the Inland Empire.

August 28, 2012: First pitch ceremony in honor of former Inland Empire barrio teams at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino.

March 1-31, 2013: Latina Baseball History Exhibit at California State University San Bernardino.

April 8, 2013: Mexican American Baseball in Orange County by Richard A. Santillan, Susan C. Luevano, Luis F. Fernandez and Angelina F. Veyna, forward by Gustavo Arellano is published by Arcadia Publishing.

June 28 - September 10, 2013: California State Polytechnic University at Pomona exhibit on Mexican American men and women who played ball in the armed forces, especially during World War II and the Korean War.

August 27, 2013: California State Polytechnic University at Pomona hosts a luncheon, panel discussions, and a first-pitch ceremony focused on Mexican American men and women who played baseball while serving in the armed forces.

September 2013: California State Polytechnic University at Pomona hosts the exhibit: Mexican Americans in the Military, 1930s to 1970s: From the Battle Fields to the Baseball Fields.

September 4, 2013: California State Polytechnic University at Pomona hosts an event in honor of Mexican American veterans who played ball while in the military.

October 2013: California State University San bernardino hosts the exhibit: Mexican Americans in the Military, 1930s to 1970s: From the Battle Fields to the Baseball Fields.

October 30, 2013: California State University San Bernardino hosts an event in honor of Mexican American veterans who played ball while in the military.

Fall 2013: Chapman University's Leatherby Libraries hosts the exhibit: Mexican American Women in Softball: A League of Their Own.

December 9, 2013: Mexican American Baseball in the Central Coast by Richard A. Santillan, Christopher Docter, Anna Bermudez, Eddie Navarro and Alan O’Connor, forward by Jorge Iber is published by Arcadia Publishing.

June 23 - September 14, 2014: California State Polytechnic University at Pomona hosts the exhibit: The Boys and Girls of Summer: Mexican American Baseball and Softball in the Pomona Valley, 1930s-1970s.

August 5, 2014: California State Polytechnic University at Pomona hosts the 4th Annual Baseball Exhibit with a luncheon, panel discussions, and a first-pitch ceremony focused on Mexican American teams and players of the Pomona Valley and East Los Angeles.

September 1, 2014: Mexican American Baseball in the Pomona Valley by Richard A. Santillan, Mark A. Ocegueda, Alfonso Ledesma, Sandra L. Uribe and Alejo L. Vasquez, forward by Vicki Ruiz is published by Arcadia Publishing.

March 2, 2015: Exhibit on Latina baseball and softball players opens at Broome Library in California State University Channel Islands.

March 25, 2015: Broome Library in California State University Channel Islands hosts a panel discussion, certificate presentation and first-pitch ceremony honoring Latina softball and baseball players.

July 20, 2015: Mexican American Baseball in the Alamo Region by Grace Guajardo Charles, Gregory Lyndon Garrett, Jorge Iber, Alberto Rodriguez and Richard Sandillan, forward by Arnoldo De Leon was published by Arcadia Publishing.

October 1, 2015: California State University San Bernardino hosts an exhibit: Mexican American Baseball and Softball in the High Desert.

October 19, 2015: Mexican American Baseball in the San Fernando Valley by Richard A. Santillan, Victoria C. Norton, Christopher Docter, Monica Ortez, and Richard Arroyo, forward by Everto Ruiz is published by Arcadia Publishing.

Chayo Rodriguez and Los Chicanos
Chayo Rodriguez and Los Chicanos


Carmelita Chorizeros, East Los Angeles, circa early 1950s
Carmelita Chorizeros, East Los Angeles, circa early 1950s


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