Sunday, May 10, 2009

Grand slam for Latino history

BASEBALL: Cal State San Bernardino lands an archive and exhibit showing the sport's importance to Mexican Americans.

Mariachi bands played, families picnicked and cars sometimes provided the lighting during amateur and semi-pro Sunday baseball games that galvanized Mexican-American communities throughout Southern California during the early to middle 20th century.

Preserving that spirit -- along with baseball's importance as an assimilation and political tool for Mexican-Americans -- is the aim of "Latino Baseball History Project: The Mexican-American Experience," an archive and traveling exhibit that will now be housed at Cal State San Bernardino.

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