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Robert T. Matsui Art Gallery

City Hall Gallery
Located at Sacramento City Hall,  915 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. 
Hours:  Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

CURRENT EXHIBITION

Mexican American Baseball in Sacramento - Center for Sacramento History

Opens May 6, 2019

Dr. Mark Ocegueda, assistant professor of U.S. and Mexican American history at Sacramento State, will present on Mexican American Baseball in Sacramento, his recently released photo-documentary book. Dr. Ocegueda’s book explores the overlooked history of Sacramento’s Mexican American sports community and connects stories of athletes, teams, and their community to a broader Mexican American history. While some attention is given to the rise of individual professional and major-league players, the emphasis rests on the celebration of ethnic identity and community solidarity that Mexican American baseball provided to Sacramento’s community. Dr. Ocegueda, a recognized scholar on recreation, race, and Chicanx history, will also sign books and discuss the exhibit he curated with the Center for Sacramento History entitled Campo de Sueños: Mexican American Baseball History in Sacramento. Dr. Ocegueda will also discuss how this project fits into a larger special collections initiative to document the history of Mexican American communities through the Latino Baseball History Project.

Organized baseball in California can be traced back to the Gold Rush, with Mexican American baseball documented back to the 1870s. By the 1920s, as the Mexican Revolution transformed and expanded Mexican communities in the United States, nearly every California barrio supported at least one baseball team. These teams competed every weekend at community fields and municipal parks, attracting hundreds if not thousands of barrio residents. In Sacramento, as Mexicans labored in the region’s agricultural and railroad industries, baseball served as the primary leisure activity. The game, however, meant much more than just entertainment. It served to reinforce a sense of community pride and ethnic identity for the men and women who played, and for their neighbors who watched.

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