now showing in Los Angeles:

at la plaza de cultura y artes, los angeles

about the exhibition

Ben Sakoguchi is proud to have four of his paintings included in "Peloteros in Paradise," at LA PLAZA from April 22nd through October 31st.  This comprehensive presentation of artifacts, artworks, documents, and photographs examines the rich and complex history of the relationship between the game of baseball, and the Mexican American community in and around Los Angeles. 

Senior Curator Erin Curtis (who also originated Ben's solo show at the Skirball Center) has put together the Exhibition in collaboration with:

• The Latino Baseball History Project • The Institute for Baseball Studies • The Baseball Reliquary • California State University, Los Angeles • University of California, Los Angeles • Richard Santillan • Tomas Benitez • Jose Alamillo • ...and many others. 

LA PLAZA is a partner in the Smithsonian Institution's Affiliations Program, "Latinos and Baseball: In the Barrios and the Big Leagues."

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes

501 North Main Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Phone: 213.542.6200 / 888.488.8083

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 12:00–5:00 p.m.
Friday–Sunday, 12:00–6:00 p.m.

Closed Tuesdays, and holidays: Monday, May 30th (Memorial Day); Monday, July 4th (Independence Day); Monday, September 5th (Labor Day); Monday, October 10th (Columbus Day / Indigenous Peoples' Day)


photo courtesy Orange Public Library

photo courtesy Orange Public Library


Peloteros in Paradise: a Los Angeles Béisbol Story

The Latino Baseball History Project

The Institute for Baseball Studies

The Baseball Reliquary

Smithsonian Institution Latinos and Baseball: In the Barrios and the Big Leagues


RELATED programming

Thursday, June 16, 7 pm – The Queen of Diamonds  A conversation about the contributions of Mexican American women to baseball.

Sunday, June 26, 3 pm – From the Baseball Field to the Battlefield  A conversation paying tribute to Mexican Americans who played ball in the armed forces.

Sunday, July 17, 2-6 pm – Baseball Collectors Family Day  Share your baseball memorabilia collected by the Smithsonian and Cal State LA.

Sunday, July 17, 3 pm – Baseball Sin Fronteras  A conversation about Mexican American ballplayers in la patria (homeland).

Thursday, July 21, 7 pm – Béisbol: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow  A film exploring Latino baseball players' origins, history and impact on the sport.

Thursday, August 4, 7 pm – Latino Baseball History Project  A conversation with the team of authors preserving the history of Latinos in Baseball.

Thursday, October 13, 7 pm – Los Desterrados de Chavez Ravine  A conversation about displacement with with former residents and scholars.

Thursday, October 20, 7pm – Fernando Nation  A film about a community that was torn apart then revitalized by Fernandomania.