Latinas/os and Baseball: Finding the Global in the Local

From local barrios to the major leagues, the story of Latinas/os in baseball is a tale of community, identity, survival, and global influence. 

Lecture Description

In this engaging talk, curator Salazar-Porzio delves into the intersection of culture, community, and the beloved American pastime through the lens of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History exhibition, ¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues / En los barrios y las grandes ligas. This presentation highlights how baseball serves as a powerful cultural bridge, transcending borders and weaving together diverse narratives. From local barrios to the major leagues, the story of Latinas/os in baseball is a tale of community, identity, survival, and global influence. Through compelling stories, artifacts, and cultural insights, attendees will gain a deeper understanding of how baseball serves as a nexus of global and local identities. Salazar-Porzio explores how the Smithsonian’s community-driven exhibition uncovers the global impact of a local passion, celebrating the richness of Latinas/os’ experiences in the world of baseball. More than simply a game, Latinas/os have changed baseball and the game has deeply influenced Latino communities.

CATEGORIES

Latino Latina Sports and Recreation

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Margaret Salazar-Porzio

VIEW SPEAKER : Margaret Salazar-Porzio


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