Mexican American Baseball in the Pomona Valley (Images of by Richard A. Santillan

By Richard A. Santillan

This quantity will pay homage to the glorious groups and gamers from Azusa, l. a. Verne, Claremont, Pomona, Chino, Cucamonga, Ontario, and Upland. a standard thread of a lot of these diversified groups was once the institution of baseball groups and, later, softball groups. Baseball performed a serious position in advancing civil and political rights, hard work reform, gender equality, academic integration, and cultural legitimacy. those amazing photos revive the often-overlooked background of Mexican American baseball within the larger Pomona Valley.

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He was assigned to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and to the Admirals baseball team, part of the Hawaii All Service Military League. Ernie had various duties including harbor patrol and raising and lowering the colors on the USS Arizona. He was later assigned to the USS Forester and cruised the Bering Straits monitoring the Russian fleet. , also played ball in the service. It is extremely rare to find a father and son who played ball in the military. Ernie Sr. was stationed in Guam during World War II between 1943 and 1945.

Mark Ramírez is in the second row, second from left. His cousin Manuel Cortéz (third row, fifth from left) and Richard Gómez (third row, sixth from left) inspired Mark to play baseball. Both were coaches and always took Mark to practice. This encouraged Mark to coach himself. He currently coaches his daughters in Rancho Cucamonga. Others on the team include Philip Valdez, Jamie Olivas, Eddie Limón, and manager Joe Ramírez (Mark’s father). ) The 1962 Upland Colts Graduates played in the Inland Rookie League.

Other Mexican American women collected scrap iron, planted Victory Gardens, organized civil defense neighborhood groups, sold war bonds, became nurses, worked with military intelligence, entertained troops, and aided in language translation during World War II and Korea. Nearly all of these men and women highlighted in this chapter, many from the Pomona Valley, had played baseball and softball prior to joining the military, playing youth ball, in high school and college, in community and church teams, for local merchants, in Mexico, and professionally.

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