Book launch and signing May 30 for ‘Mexican American Baseball in the Inland Empire’

     

A reception and book signing to launch “Mexican American Baseball in the Inland Empire” is set for Wednesday, May 30, at Cal State San Bernardino’s Pfau Library.

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A reception and book signing to launch 'Mexican American Baseball in the Inland Empire”'is set for Wednesday, May 30, at CSUSB’s Pfau Library. Though the program is free, space is limited, and RSVPs are due by Monday, May 28.

The event will begin with a 5:30 p.m. reception, followed by the program at 6 p.m., both in the library’s room PL-4005 on the fourth floor.

Though the program is free, space is limited, and RSVPs are due by Monday, May 28, to Iwona Contreras at icontrer@csusb.edu.

The new book, “Mexican American Baseball in the Inland Empire,” celebrates the Mexican American barrio baseball clubs of the Inland Empire in historic photographs.

From the early 20th century through the 1950s, baseball fields in the Inland Empire provided unique opportunities for nurturing athletic and educational skills, ethnic identity and political self-determination for Mexican Americans during an era of segregation.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event for $20 each, which includes tax. All proceeds will go to the Latino Baseball History Project at CSUSB’s Pfau Library.

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Established at the library in 2009, the Latino Baseball History Project is a repository of materials related to Latino baseball history in Southern California, including the amateur, semi-professional and professional games.

Included in the repository’s collection are artifacts, photographs, artworks, documents, oral histories and other materials that provide an important resource for the study and interpretation of Latino baseball and for the examination of Latino baseball as a vehicle to forge community identity and culture.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Iwona Contreras at (909) 537-3447 or e-mail icontrer@csusb.edu.

For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.