Baseball Historian and Author to Speak

DATE: April 24, 2006
CONTACT: Scott Slemmons,
(806) 7842-2136

LUBBOCK – Texas Tech University Libraries will host a presentation by noted baseball historian Sam Regalado in the Formby Room of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Regalado's presentation, "Invisible Baseball: Japanese Americans and their Game in the 1930's," explores how Nisei (persons born in America of parents who emigrated from Japan) baseball served as an important factor in Japanese-Americans' quest for acceptance and assimilation in America.

A professor of history and chair of the Department of History at California State University at Stanislaus, Regalado's credits include "Viva Baseball: Latin Major Leaguers and their Special Hunger," along with several scholarly articles concerning Latinos in American professional baseball and Japanese-Americans in baseball in general.

Regalado earned his doctorate from Washington State University. He was a 1994 Smithsonian Institute Faculty Fellow and a Davies Fellow at the University of San Francisco.

The scholarly lecture is a joint effort of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, the Collegiate Baseball Foundation and the Texas Tech University Department of History. The goal of the joint project is to highlight sports history and to call attention to the libraries’ ongoing sports collection initiative.

CONTACT: Jeff Whitley, director of communications and marketing, Texas Tech University Libraries, (806) 742-3685, or e-mail