“Baseball, like apple pie, is one of those ideas that is inseparable from the idea of America,” said El Paso Museum of History Director Dr. Vladimir von Tsurikov. “Here at the Museum, we’re excited to take that national mythos and examine it from the unique El Paso perspective.”
The exhibit, which opens at 6:30 p.m., July 11., celebrates the local and national history of baseball starting with its pre-Civil War origins to the Chihuahuas arriving in El Paso.
In addition to tracing the evolution of baseball’s legacy as a national pastime, the exhibit also highlights baseball’s intersections with race, like the sport’s role in Mexico and key events in breaking the color barrier.
“As visitors move through the exhibit, they are invited to explore how different groups across the United States have shaped baseball’s beginnings, rise, and continued popularity,” museum officials shared. “Interactive displays, like a walkable baseball diamond and Chihuahuas fan photo booth, transform the space into an immersive historical experience.”
Materials for the exhibit have been sourced from across El Paso’s enthusiastic baseball community.
Many of the artifacts for Bases Loaded have been provided by Fernando Grado, an El Paso native and baseball enthusiast. His personal collection, which he began in his youth, includes local memorabilia from the Browns and Diablos as well as collectibles from eminent players like Jackie Robinson and “Shoeless” Joe Jackson.
Also on display are items borrowed from the El Paso Chihuahuas’ own archive.
The exhibit runs through January 2020 and is free and open to the public.
The El Paso Chihuahuas scored twice and brought the tying run to third base in the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday but fell to the Las Vegas Aviators 9-8.
It was just the second time in team history the Chihuahuas lost a season-opener, compared to four previous wins in the first game of a season.
Ty France went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs in the loss for El Paso while Esteban Quiroz went 1-for-3 with a walk and a three-run homer. There were five combined home runs and six lead changes Thursday.
Alex Dickerson had a pinch-hit walk in the eighth inning in his first plate appearance since 2016 after missing the last two seasons with injuries. The Chihuahuas turned three double plays in the loss.
Thursday was Las Vegas’ first game as an A’s affiliate and its first game using the name “Aviators.”
Box Score | Team Records: Las Vegas (1-0), El Paso (0-1)
Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Las Vegas RHP Jake Buchanan (0-0, -.–) vs. El Paso LHP Logan Allen (0-0, -.–). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Las Vegas 9 El Paso 8 – Thursday
WP: Triggs (1-0)
LP: Wieck (0-1)
S: Schlitter (1)
Time: 3:20 (:17 delay)
Photo Gallery by ‘Ace’ Acosta, Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald Post \ Video courtesy El Paso Chihuahuas