Los Doyers: Latinos and Los Angeles’s Favorite Team

Endorsed by IEHS and the Western History Association

Thursday, March 30, 2023, 12:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Latino/a; Sports and Recreation

Abstract

By the team’s Latino fans, the Los Angeles Dodgers are often called “Los Doyers.” Since they moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in the early 1960s, they have been central to the city’s Latino history: the razing of a Mexican and Mexican American neighborhood (Chávez Ravine) in order to build Dodgers Stadium; the fanaticism that greeted a star Mexican pitcher named Fernando Valenzuela (“Fernandomania”); and the “Latinization” of the team from the 1980s forward, with the signing of players from all over Latin America. The panel will be as much scholarly discourse as fan appreciation and the sharing of childhood memories of rooting for the Dodgers. The panelists are all Latina/o/x historians who grew up in Los Angeles cheering for their team.

Session Participants

Chair and Panelist: José M. Alamillo, California State University Channel Islands

Panelist: Mike Amezcua, Georgetown University

Panelist: Eric Avila, UCLA

Panelist: Priscilla Leiva, Loyola Marymount University

Panelist: Margaret Salazar-Porzio, Smithsonian National Museum of American History