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Researchers examine local Latino baseball history
BY ALONZO OROZCO firstname.lastname@example.org
The Latino Baseball History Project is making its way up to Carpinteria. Spear- headed by Dr. Richard A. Santillan, Pro- fessor Emeritus at Cal Poly Pomona, and Francisco E. Balderrama, Chicano studies professor at California State University at Los Angeles, the five-year-old study will soon include the firsthand accounts of Carpinteria players in its large-scale documentation of Latino baseball history. Having recently published a book about Mexican-American ball players in Los Angeles, the two researchers are currently working on additional books for neighboring areas of the southland, including one that will cover Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Santillan, whose academic focus is ethnic and women’s studies, has found that baseball played a significant role in the everyday lives of the weekend warriors who competed back in the 1930s and ’40s. “They talked about how baseball promoted civil rights, and the strengthening of various com- munities coming together,” explained Santillan, who has compiled 70 to 75 interviews on the subject. Through the help of retired local educator Jim Campos, Santillan has met with some of the players who were part of a team referred to as the Carpinteria Merchants back in the 1940s. “There was some general talk about discrimination,” said Santillan of his conversations with local players. “It’s often an issue that many players were hesitant to talk about or share with anyone;” nonetheless, he said, discrimination in sports was wide- spread in many regions during this era. Oftentimes, Mexican-Americans were not allowed to play in public parks, or they experienced what appeared to be a disproportionate amount of calls against them by the umpires. According to Santillan, some Latino players on the West Coast signed pro- fessional contracts but ended up being shipped to Texas or other parts of the southern United States. Often they were kept in the minors, held there by team owners with no intention of bringing them up to the big leagues. “The reality was baseball was not ready for Mexican or black players,” affirmed Santillan. Canadi- ans, he added, were a little more accepting. Jackie Robinson played in Montreal prior to being signed by the Dodgers.
From left, Reg Velasquez, Daniel Manriquez now, but they have fond memories of playin team in the 1940s.
On June 26, the project will bring camera crews to Carpinteria for one- hour interviews with six to eight players from the league who still live locally to get their take on what baseball meant to them in the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s. As part of the project, Santillan and his crew have shown one-hour long DVDs of the interviews, accompanied by music, to the 20 to 25 communities where they have completed their research. Longtime Carpinterian Eddie Arel-
lano, who played on the Carpinteria Merchants team in the 1940s, will be among the players interviewed. He de- scribed how the team got its name: “The merchants would sponsor us. We used to go out asking for donations, and they’d sponsor us and put their names on the back of our uniforms.”
As a 1943 Carpinteria High School graduate, Arellano remembers being subjected to segregated classes at Aliso School, but has fond memories of play- ing baseball after serving in the military. “We won our league quite often,” he said. He played second base and sometimes pitched on the weekends, but made his living as a truck driver for Carpinteria Motor Transport.
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