Hispanic Semi-Pro Baseball Exhibit Opens at Michener Library

sign explaining baseball exhibit

The first panel in the "Beets, Baseball and Beyond" exhibit provides an overview of what's displayed. Related: Photo slide show at end of story.

All photos by Hannah Swick

An exhibit of Hispanic semi-pro baseball, "Beets, Baseball and Beyond," is now on display in Michener Library's Mari Michener Gallery through Nov. 3. An opening reception will be held 4-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, with introductions beginning at 5:15 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

This exhibit's 55-plus panels chronicle Hispanic baseball and the beet industry in Greeley and the Front Range from the 1920s through the 1960s. Baseball was the main diversion for many Hispanic men working in the local beet fields.

The exhibit includes more than 180 photos, oral histories and exhibit cases containing a variety of baseball artifacts from the collection of Gabe and Jody Lopez. It features the Greeley Grays teams and more than 35 other Front Range teams.

The reception also will include readings by UNC Professor of Hispanic Studies Alfonso Rodriguez and a display of artwork by Wyoming artist Carlos Mellizo.

9News featured the exhibit. See video below:



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