This quantity will pay homage to the fantastic groups and avid gamers from Azusa, los angeles Verne, Claremont, Pomona, Chino, Cucamonga, Ontario, and Upland. a standard thread of these kinds of varied groups used to be the institution of baseball groups and, later, softball groups. Baseball performed a serious position in advancing civil and political rights, exertions reform, gender equality, academic integration, and cultural legitimacy. those outstanding photos revive the often-overlooked heritage of Mexican American baseball within the larger Pomona Valley.
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In the course of his illustrious occupation, Bobby Sr. performed opposed to the simplest groups and gamers. He performed opposed to the Encinas brothers from Pomona, the Uribe brothers from Corona, the Vásquez brothers from Cucamonga, and the Guevara brothers from Pomona. Their brother Rod (not pictured) was once a superb hitter and fielder and had an outstanding destiny yet was once heavily harm while a trainer driven him too tough. (Courtesy of Bobby Duran. ) 22 A zusa, Claremont, los angeles V erne , and Pomona Bobby Duran all started a formative years league in Pomona and coached a crew referred to as the Jets till the age of fifty five. He later shaped a senior crew also known as the Jets. He performed with a number of senior groups together with one in Chino till he retired from the sport in his 80s. In his formative years, Bobby was once referred to as “the Jet” and “Relámpago”—Spanish for “lightning”—because he used to be so speedy. He performed ball in Mexicali with Maury Encinas for the Águilas, a Pittsburgh Pirates minor-league crew. (Courtesy of Bobby Duran. ) Ralph Valadez performed for the Ontario American Legion, was once an All-League shortstop in his junior and senior years in highschool throughout the early Nineteen Seventies, and was once chosen to the California all-star crew. He performed at Chaffey neighborhood university, supporting the workforce win its league. He performed on the college of l. a. Verne as an outfielder and detailed hitter. Ralph performed years of semipro ball in Halstead and stay away from urban, Kansas, and used to be provided a freelance by means of Minnesota Twins scout Jesse Flores. (Courtesy of Anita Valadez-García. ) Mexican A merican Baseball within the P omona Valley 23 The Mexican American group of l. a. Verne has produced remarkable groups and awesome gamers because the Thirties. this can be the Jones Texaco staff from l. a. Verne within the overdue Nineteen Forties. From left to correct are (first row) Johnny Carmona, Steve Mora, Manuel García, Philip Banales, and David Rodríguez; (second row) Joe Ramírez, blood brother Soto, George Soto, and Pete Martínez; (third row) Jess Martínez, Benny Castellano, Pete Aguilera, artwork Escoto, Nacho Martínez, Mr. Jones (team sponsor), and Fred Martínez (manager). (Courtesy of Vince Martínez. ) even though Bobby Duran used to be from Pomona, he used to be compelled to play in los angeles Verne in 1945 as the Pomona American Legion mom and dad didn't wish Mexican young ones twiddling with their children. Bobby performed for the los angeles Verne retailers. His supervisor used to be Charlie “La Tortuga” (the turtle) Rodríguez. numerous groups scouted Bobby, together with the Braves, Pirates, and Dodgers. Jackie Robinson spoke to Bobby approximately taking part in for the Dodgers’ minor-league procedure, yet Bobby became the provide down as the wage used to be too low to help a brand new kin. (Courtesy of Bobby Duran. ) 24 A zusa, Claremont, l. a. V erne , and Pomona Manuel R. Romo bought numerous plenty of estate in the back of Palomares university in l. a. Verne the place groups performed baseball. Pictured at the left is Manuel’s moment cousin Guadalupe Carmona, who labored hauling fruit yet enjoyed taking part in ball. The aunts who now personal the plenty may promote burritos throughout the video games. because of the widening of the line, many houses have been torn right down to construct Arrow street.