Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Richard Santillan: Mexican American Baseball in Los Angeles

Richard Santillan, emeritus of ethnic and women studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and Co-Author of the books, "Mexican American Baseball in the Inland Empire" and "Mexican American Baseball in Los Angeles" will be here  
Tuesday, January 22nd from 6-7:30pm.

Being a part of this project, Santillan said what he found most interesting was the number of Mexican Americans that played baseball for the military during times of war and the number of women who formed their own leagues to play when even their own parents were embarrassed to have their daughters seen in shorts out in public.
"There were also a lot of Mexican Americans who played baseball in Mexico," he said. "Some who spoke no Spanish and didn't know much about Mexico played in Tijuana, Mexicali, Chihuahua ... because of the discrimination they got here."

This program will be streaming live at You can watch along, chat with other viewers and ask any questions you might have.

Books will be available for purchase/signing at $20 each or both for $35 will all proceeds going to fund future books/projects.

Do you have photos and/or memories of Mexican American baseball in Los Angeles you'd like to share? Richard Santillan would like to see/hear them. He's working on a 4th publication and would be interested in including them. 

JUST ADDED: Al Padilla, who played for both Roosevelt High School and Occidental College from the 1940's to 50's will also be joining us.


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