Earlier this week the Dodgers welcomed Dodger legend Fernando Valenzuela and former Dodger Adrian Gonzalez among others as they began their celebration of Hispanic Heritage month this week. First up, a virtual hosing of “Our Stories/Nuestras Historias: Barrio Baseball — an LA Baseball Story.”
Over 500 high school and college students attended the virtual event, according to the Dodgers. Spectrum News 1 anchor Giselle Fernandez hosted Valenzuela, Gonzalez, and Dr. Richard A. Santillan, professor Emeritus at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Dr. Santillán leads the Latino Baseball History Project Baseball Book Series, which seeks to collect, document and promote the long and rich history of Mexican American baseball and softball.
A Gon had the following to say of barrio baseball leagues.
For us, they paved the way and they brought that love for the game of baseball to our culture, to our heritage and for us it’s very important to acknowledge [this history]. You see it in the Latino culture, the way that Latinos play the game, we express ourselves a little…