Friday, October 7, 2011

Mexican American Baseball in Los Angeles, 3-5 p.m.

Ah, the joy of having the parade & jamaica at La Pintoresca Library and Park. Being at this branch of the Pasadena Public Library seems to naturally lend itself to things literate.

At 12:30 we'll begin with Héctor Tobar, "The Barbarian Nurseries" and end with Richard Santillan, "Mexican American Baseball in Los Angeles".

And to quote Terry Cannon of the Baseball Reliquary -
"An outstanding baseball player from East Los Angeles both at Roosevelt High School and East Los Angeles College, Armando Perez signed a professional contract with the Baltimore Orioles organization in 1956. He played outfield for the Vancouver Mounties of the Pacific Coast League and Stockton Ports of the California League.

Perez was also one of the stars of the legendary East Los Angeles semi-pro team, the Carmelita Chorizeros, for whom he played first base, outfield, and pitcher, and usually batted cleanup. After retiring from playing baseball, Perez dedicated his life to youth by teaching and coaching in Southern California.

In 1970, he founded the Montebello Stars youth organization, which produced many outstanding scholar-athletes and assisted them with scholarships and mentoring. More than 100 of his players went on to college baseball. Perez, along with other former players featured in the book, 'Mexican American Baseball in Los Angeles,' will sign copies and discuss his baseball experiences".

1 comment:

crzblue said...

Looking forward to the event.