Mexican American Baseball in the Central Coast, California (Images of Baseball Series)

Mexican American Baseball in the Central Coast, California (Images of Baseball Series)


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Mexican American Baseball in the Central Coast pays tribute to the teams and players who brought joy and honor to their fans and communities in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. Baseball was played before enthusiastic crowds in Piru, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, Ojai, Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria, Guadalupe, Lompoc, and other communities. Players and their families helped create the economic infrastructure and prosperity that are evident today in the Central Coast. For women, softball was a social counterbalance to the strict cultural roles defined by society. Many former players dedicated their lives to the unrelenting struggle for social justice, while others devoted themselves to youth sports. This book remedies the glaring omission of baseball images and stories of Mexican American neighborhoods in the Central Coast of California.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467130875
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 12/09/2013
Series: Images of Baseball Series
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Author Richard A. Santillán, professor emeritus of ethnic and women studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and coauthors Christopher Docter, graduate student at California State University, Northridge; Anna Belmúdez, curator of collections at the Ventura County Museum; Eddie Navarro, Santa Maria sports historian; and Alan O’Connor, sports author and historian of Sacramento, serve as advisors to the Latino Baseball History Project in San Bernardino. This book is made possible through the generous donations of photographs by community members.

Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction 8

1 San Fernando Valley 9

2 Ventura County 29

3 Santa Barbara County 49

4 Sacramento 69

5 San Gabriel Valley 89

6 Inland Empire 109

7 Coast to Coast 129

8 Field of Dreams 147

Bibliography 158

Latino Baseball History Project Advisory Board 159

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