Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Mexican American Baseball in Los Angeles

From the Baseball Reliquary -


The Baseball Reliquary and Latino Heritage present a baseball-related program in conjunction with their collaborative exhibition at the Pasadena Central Library.  The program features a discussion with Professors Francisco E. Balderrama and Richard A. Santillan, authors of the recently-published book, Mexican American Baseball in Los Angeles, and with Al Padilla and Richie Pena, two players who were an important part of the barrio baseball scene in East Los Angeles in the post-World War II era.  In addition, home movie footage from the 1950s and 1960s of the legendary Carmelita Chorizeros baseball team, the "Yankees of East Los Angeles," will be screened publicly for the first time.  A book signing with the authors and several players will conclude the program.

WHEN: Thursday, March 31, 2011, 6:00-8:00 pm

WHERE: Donald R. Wright Auditorium, Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, California

DETAILS: Admission is free.  Several other authors of books documenting the Latino experience in Southern California will be present and will have copies of their books for sale: Roberta H. Martinez, Latinos in Pasadena; Alex Moreno Areyan, Mexican Americans in Los Angeles and Mexican Americans in Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach; and Lt. Col. Henry Cervantes, Piloto: Migrant Worker to Jet Pilot.  Also on view will be the collaborative exhibition: Barrio Baseball: The Los Angeles Story by the Baseball Reliquary in the library's Humanities Wing, and Latinas at Work and Play: Pasadena Stories by Latino Heritage in the library's Centennial Room.

Photograph of the Pena brothers, playing for the Carmelita Chorizeros in the late 1940s at Fresno Park in East Los Angeles.  Their father, Willie Pena, is at the far left.  Richie Pena, who played center field for the Chorizeros, and who will be one of the featured speakers on the March 31 program, is second from the right in this photo.

For more info - Baseball Reliquary {linked here}

1 comment:

caferay said...

I love Mexican American baseball in Los Angeles, so how great was it to discovery this wonderful book, "Mexican American Baseball in Los Angeles"? Very great! I found this nice book just in time to gift it to my dad for his 92nd birthday this July and let me tell you, that book took seventy years off his age, since he was a Mexican American baseball player in Los Angeles, himself, in his salad days, out of Glassell Park, Franklin High School and generally the north side. No, he was not a big time Chorizero, but a high school and next 8 years parks hard baller second baseman banjo hitter. And he gave all us kids the love of baseball, parks and the LA Dodgers, Chavez Ravine, Elysian Park, and, once again, the entire north side. So thank you for keeping it real and keeping it alive for everyone else.

Ray Ballister, nee, Ballesteros