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The Latino Baseball History Project

Overview of the Project


Mexican-American baseball flourished in Southern California from the early 1900s to the 1970s. It was a popular sport, but it was also something more. Baseball leagues helped create a cohesive and vibrant community and they were a source of pride. The games became a place for meetings across the region and were integral to discussion and eventually to political organization within the communities.

The Project

Since its inception in 2004, the Latino Baseball History Project has worked to document information and preserve artifacts related to the history of Latino softball and baseball, with a special emphasis on Mexican American baseball throughout the nation. It is a collaborative effort, and those working on it include the Baseball Reliquary, librarians, students, university professors and, most importantly, the players! We are dedicated to preserving the memories and history for future generations.

You can help!

We invite you to become part of this project as a member, volunteer, donor and/or contributor. For more information, please contact: Cesar Caballero at, or call (909) 537-7541 to speak to Jill Vassilakos-Long (

Elias Baca, first Mexican-American player at UCLA (1932)
Elias Baca, first Mexican-American player at UCLA, circa 1932

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