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The Latino Baseball History Project

Overview of the Project


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

The Project

The Latino Baseball History Project documents information and preserves artifacts related to the history of Latino baseball. 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 of Latino baseball 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) 537-3447 to speak to Iwona Contreras or (909) 537-7541 to speak to Jill Vassilakos-Long.

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

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