Eddie Leon is part of local Smithsonian exhibit on Latino Baseball

Eddie Leon with his exhibit. (Krista Stoker Photo)

Eddie Leon is part of new Smithsonian Institution exhibition located in the Tucson Desert Art Museum (7000 E Tanque Verde Road) called “Pleibol! In the Barrios and in the Major Leagues.”

The traveling exhibition features panels put together by the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and it will be on display at the museum until April 9.

The exhibition tells the story of baseball in Latino communities from youth, women and professional leagues. As we mentioned in the fight to save the Annex Fields at Hi Corbett, the exhibition displays the power baseball has had to create a level playing field for all to enjoy and succeed like no other sport.

There is a section dedicated to local legend Eddie Leon who played at Tucson High and the University of Arizona before moving on to the majors with the Cleveland Indians, the Chicago White Sox, the New York Yankees and the Naranjeros de Hermosillo.

A reception will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the museum with Leon, Rafael Barcelo Durazo (Consul de Mexico) and former Canyon del Oro and current Arizona standout Kiko Romero offering discussion on the exhibits.

Tickets are $15 per person in advance or $20 at the door. They may be purchased by calling the museum at (520) 202-3888. The museum is open Wednesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There are many other exhibits in the museum including displays on Japanese American Incarceration Camps, Women Pioneers of the American West, New Deal Photography Frames the Migrants’ Stories, Weavings of the Diné People, The 10th Cavalry Regiment Told Through the Art of David Laughlin (Buffalo Soldiers) and Dawn of American Landscapes.


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