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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 Latino 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 Latino 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 Latino baseball history.

2005: Francisco Balderrama, a history professor at California State University, Los Angeles, creates an oral history class around the history of Latino 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, 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, will host the 2nd Latino Baseball Reunion.

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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