Looking Back at How Baseball Became a Political Instrument, Empowering Mexican Americans in Los Angeles

Published : Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 12:10 AM

Dr. Richard Santillan (l) and Tomas Benitez (r)

Mexican American Baseball in East Los Angeles

The Baseball Reliquary and the Allendale Branch Library present “Echoes of a Past Time: Mexican American Baseball in East Los Angeles,” a discussion of the long and rich legacy of Mexican American baseball and softball in East Los Angeles, on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 2:00 p.m., at 1130 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadenarnia. Light refreshments will be served.

Presenters will point to how more than a game, baseball and softball were political instruments used to promote and empower civil, political, gender, and cultural rights of Mexican Americans confronting head-on prejudice, discrimination, and intolerance.

Featured speakers will include Dr. Richard Santillan, professor emeritus of Ethnic and Women’s Studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and Tomas Benitez, an advisor to the Latino Baseball History Project and an advocate for Chicano arts and culture for over 35 years.

The program will also feature a book signing for Mexican American Baseball in East Los Angeles (Arcadia Publishing, 2016), co-authored by Richard Santillan. Some of the great ballplayers who graced the hallowed fields of East Los Angeles and brought immense joy and honor to their neighborhoods in the postwar years will also be present. All ten books on Mexican American Baseball in Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of Baseball” series will be available for purchase.

For further information, contact the Baseball Reliquary by phone at (626) 791-7647 or by e-mail at terymar@earthlink.net; or contact the Allendale Branch Library by phone at (626) 744-7260.

This program is supported, in part, by a grant to the Baseball Reliquary from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

 

 

 

 

 

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