Mexican American Baseball in Los Angeles, in Pasadena

Mar 21, 2011
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Al Padilla and his 60 year old baseball glove.

Since early March, the Pasadena Central Library has been hosting two related exhibitions: “Barrio Baseball: The Los Angeles Story” and “Latinas at Work and Play: Pasadena Stories,” presented, respectively, by the Baseball Reliquary and Latino Heritage, two local nonprofits. From the 40s to the 70s, Los Angeles was home a to flourishing amateur and semi-pro baseball scene, particularly amongst Mexican Americans. That same period also saw dramatic changes in the roles of Latinas, in Pasadena and throughout Los Angeles. This joint exhibit chronicles these overlapping trends.

The exhibit closes the 31st with a discussion and signing of the newly-published Mexican American Baseball in Los Angeles, featuring the authors, Professors Francisco E. Balderrama and Richard A. Santillan, as well as two of the players whose stories are chronicled in the book, Richard Pena and Al Padilla.

The event dovetails nicely with the annual Conference of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, which is being held in Pasadena March 30 – April 2.

Mexican American Baseball in Los Angeles Discussion and Book Signing
Thursday, March 31, 6 – 8 p.m.
Pasadena Central Library
285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena



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