Pastime of the Américas

Players for an El Paso team gather

The distinctive sound of a bat connecting with a baseball; the sight of the diamond itself; fans and vendors clamoring around the stands. Throughout the 1900s, immigrants and migrants from the Caribbean—Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico—as well as from Mexico, Venezuela, the northern coast of Colombia, and Brazil, knew the sights and sounds of baseball before coming to the United States. Baseball was already a vibrant part of their home communities. At the same time, generations of Latina/o ballplayers are homegrown in the United States, playing in the U.S. and abroad.