SAN DIEGO–The New Americans Museum kicks off its spring exhibitions with a series of three distinct exhibits framing Becoming All-American: Diversity, Inclusion Breaking Barriers in Major League Baseball.
Becoming All-American: Diversity, Inclusion and Breaking Barriers in Major League Baseball, the first of the three exhibition experiences, celebrates the growing diversity in the major leagues and examines the impact baseball and its integration has had on the acculturation of historically marginalized communities as they journey to becoming active and thriving participants of the All-American narrative.
Visitors to the exhibit will experience a powerful baseball timeline, a visual narrative tracing the changing face of major league baseball, while celebrating nine Major League Baseball players as case studies of player contributions to the sport, and to their communities.
“I’ve seen many baseball-related exhibitions over the years, but what has captivated me about this one is the approach in the framing of inclusion in the game as a powerful metaphor and a resulting visual jolt that the public [of all ages] will see firsthand,” said San Diego baseball historian and author, Andy Strasberg.
In addition to Becoming All-American, the galleries will feature a presentation of a special Pop Up traveling exhibition entitled Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American organized by the National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia. This powerful display includes interactive stations, film reels and informational panels on the contributions of immigrant and Jewish players to the sport. Also, Milestones in Hispanic Baseball History on loan from the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame includes a memorable display of baseball stars of Hispanic descent including rare memorabilia, original signed jerseys, bats and hats from some of America’s favorite diverse and record breaking players including Fernando Valenzuela, Roberto Clemente, and San Diego’s own legendary Ted Williams, among others.
Topping it off, the museum will present From the South Bay to the World Series, a commissioned installation for the New Americans Museum celebrating San Diego’s own Park View Little League and their historic 2009 Little League World Series Championship. Showcasing the youngsters who displayed so much talent and poise as they rose to the summit of the little league pantheon: world champions. The success and resilience of the 2009 Park View Little League players, volunteers and parents serve as an enduring testament of the game as a powerful vehicle for transformation and inspiration while paying homage to the pioneers and trailblazing players in Becoming All-American.
The New Americans Museum is located at NTC/Liberty Station, 2825 Dewey Road in San Diego. The exhibition will be on view through July 5. Gallery Hours are Wed-Fri 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sat and Sun 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.