OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Adrian Burgos Jr.

Portrait of Adrian Burgos Jr.

Adrian Burgos Jr. is a historian who specializes in U.S. Latino history, sport history, urban history, and African American history. His teaching, research, and public engagement focus on the migration and immigration experiences of Caribbean Latinos within the United States as they illuminate processes of racialization, identity formation, urbanization, and labor. In particular he examines how Latinos have become part of U.S. society while simultaneously engaging in transnational practices to retain their cultural identities. His first book, Playing America’s Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line (2007), analyzes the incorporation of players from the Spanish-speaking Americas into U.S. professional baseball and highlights the working of baseball’s color line. His second book, Cuban Star: How One Negro League Owner Changed the Face of Baseball (2011), explores what it means to be black and brown in the United States through the life story of Afro-Cuban-American Alejandro “Alex” Pompez, a Negro League team owner and Harlem numbers king who became a major league scout who opened the Dominican talent pipeline. Burgos is also a coeditor, with Frank Guridy and Gina Pérez, of the anthology Beyond El Barrio: Everyday Life in Latina/o America (2010). Burgos has served as an academic adviser on museum exhibits such as the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Viva Baseball! and documentaries such as Roberto Clemente (2008) and The Tenth Inning (2010). Since 2017 he has been the editor-in-chief of La Vida Baseball, a digital platform on Latinos in baseball in partnership, with the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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