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Rudy Mondragón Takes a Swing at Documenting Latino Baseball Artifacts

Posted on Sep 19, 2017 by in The OFI Blog |

NMAH Fellow Rudy Mondragón and NMAH Curator Dr. Margaret Salazar-Porzio holding a baseball artifact.

This summer, UCLA Ph.D. student Rudy Mondragón spent time as a Smithsonian Fellow through the Latino Museum Studies Program (LMSP). He worked with Curator Dr. Margaret Salazar-Porzio on the Latinos and Baseball: In the Barrios and the Big Leagues project at the National Museum of American History (NMAH). While at the Smithsonian, he wrote descriptions and documented the condition of Latino baseball artifacts, such as baseball uniforms from the Aztecas and Eagles teams from Latino baseball leagues, a pair of baseball cleats, helmet, baseball bat, catcher’s mitt, and an Aztecas letterman jacket from the 1960s. Through this program, Rudy also met sports curators and toured the sports collection at NMAH.

Rudy recently wrote about these experiences for the Smithsonian Latino Center as part of the #LMSP2017 #fellowtakeover project.

Check out his article here!