College of Liberal Arts

Beyond Northside/Southside: Complicating the Stories of Baseball and Neighborhood Integration in Postwar Chicago

Friday Feb 10, 2017 1:30 PM | SAC 1.106

The Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies (MALS) presents a Faculty Lecture by Adrian Burgos, entitled, "Beyond Northside/Southside: Complicating the Stories of Baseball and Neighborhood Integration in Postwar Chicago."

Beyond Northside/Southside uses the story of two Chicago sporting heroes Ernie Banks and Minnie Minoso to examine the seemingly incongruous experience of their being celebrated for their courage in pioneering baseball integration all the while encountering the same hurdles in trying to integrate Chicago residential neighborhoods during the 1950s and 1960s. This lecture argues that we have not fully appreciated Chicago’s place in the baseball’s story of integration nor have we understood the everyday “work” of pioneering integration. Finally, in linking together the integration stories of baseball and neighborhoods by following Minoso and Banks from the baseball diamond to where they resided in Chicago, this project aims to complicate our understanding of racial integration in post-war U.S. society as both a goal and as a process and how we ought to understand that baseball’s racial saga has long involved black, white, and “brown.”

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