¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues / En los barrios y las grandes ligas takes visitors on a journey into the heart and history of U.S. Latino baseball. The extraordinary stories of Latinas/os alongside the artifacts of their remarkable lives, demonstrates the historic role that baseball has played as a social and cultural force within Latino communities across the nation for over a century and how Latinos in particular have influenced and changed the game.
Latinas/os have celebrated a shared cultural heritage, made a living, and fought for rights and justice through baseball. These stories represent experiences to which many people can relate to: how one becomes part of a community, how the game can bring together people regardless of race, class, and gender, and how fans can participate in the culture of the sport as easily as players can on the field.
We have hosted 17 collecting events across the country and grown NMAH collections by 145 new objects and 10 oral histories related to the history of Latinos and baseball. About 63 objects will also be displayed in the upcoming ¡Pleibol! exhibit—many of them have never been displayed before.
3D Digitization and Mini ¡Pleibol! Exhibition
In collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution Digitization Program Office, we are scanning 16 signature objects to be 3D digitized and include virtual tours that can be shared through the NMAH website and the Smithsonian 3D viewer.
Enjoy a narrated augmented reality (AR) experience featuring baseball legend Roberto Clemente's jersey and batting helmet, made possible by the Smithsonian Digitization Program Office in parternship with Verizon 5G Labs. Follow the links below or scan the QR code with your smartphone.