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Baseball historian to discuss the color line April 16 at ISU

April 12, 2012

Noted baseball historian Adrian Burgos will discuss baseball and the color line at Indiana State University during a public presentation Monday, April 16 beginning at 7 p.m. in the events area of Cunningham Memorial Library. Burgos' presentation is free and open to the public.

A specialist in US Latino history, African American Studies, sport history, and urban history, his research is concerned with the intersections of race, nation, and culture between the United States and the Spanish-speaking Americas.

Burgos is currently a professor of history in the Department of African American, Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Latino/a Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his undergraduate degree from Vassar College and his PhD at the University of Michigan.

Burgos is the author of "Playing America's Game(s): Baseball, Latinos and the Color Line" and co-author of "Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues and the Story of African American Baseball." He is co-editor of "Beyond el Barrio: The Politics of Everyday Life in Latino/a America" and frequently speaks on the cultural implications of baseball and sports in America.

As a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Screening and Voting Committees, Burgos participated in the special election of Negro League and Pre-Negro League Candidates. He also consulted on the development of a permanent exhibit on the history of Latinos in baseball at the Hall of Fame.

The presentation is sponsored by the African American Cultural Center, Office of Diversity, African American Alumni Council, ISU Foundation and the Terre Haute Rex.

For more information, please contact Indiana State's African American Cultural Center at 812-237-3811.


Contact: Stephanie Jefferson, African American Cultural Center, 812-237-3811

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications and Marketing, 812-237-3783 or