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Peloteros in Paradise: A Los Angeles Béisbol Story

April 22 - October 31 2016
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Peloteros in Paradise: A Los Angeles Béisbol Story explores the dynamic relationship between baseball and the Mexican American community in Southern California. From the early-twentieth-century Mexican American teams, such as the Carmelita Chorizeros, to the displacement of the residents of Chavez Ravine and the Dodgers’ controversial move to Los Angeles in 1958, and to Major League Baseball’s attempts to win the hearts of Mexican American fans— resulting in “Fernandomania” in the 1980’s— this exhibition highlights the contributions of Mexican American men and women to baseball both as active participants and dedicated fans. Combining community spirit with a national pastime, pelotero/as helped to define an emergent Mexican American identity in Los Angeles.
This exhibition was produced in collaboration with The Latino Baseball History Project, The Institute for Baseball Studies, The Baseball Reliquary, California State University, Los Angeles,University of California, Los Angeles, Richard Santillan, Tomas Benitez, and Jose Alamillo.