Pitcher Elias Baca, the first Mexican American player at UCLA, circa 1932.
In attendance at the May 12, 2009 inaugural reception were members of the Richard Pena family. Richard, Sr. (seated at center) was a star center fielder for the Carmelita Chorizeros and was one of nine brothers who played at one point for Carmelita. Included in the project’s archival holdings is the Carmelita jersey worn by Richard Pena, Sr. in the mid-1950s. Richard Pena, Jr., at top left, was a batboy for the Chorizeros.
Carmelita Chorizeros

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