Painted Glove artwork featuring Minnie Minoso is part of the “Negro Leagues Beisbol” exhibit at The WVU Center for Democracy and Citizenship Education.
The exhibit focuses on African American Baseball and Hispanic Culture from 1860-1960. The history of Negro League Baseball during this period includes links to Latin baseball leagues and players moving between them.
Minnie Minoso was one such player, playing in his native Cuba and for the New York Cubans Negro Leagues team.
Minoso then went on to play for the Cleveland Indians and star for the Chicago White Sox, where he was their first African American player.
This Minoso baseball glove art, on a vintage glove from his playing era, depicts Minnie as a New York Cuban, refers to his "Cuban Comet" nickname, and draws attention to a few of his baseball career milestones in Cuba, Negro Leagues and in Major League Baseball.
The West Virginia University exhibit will be the third such public showcase for the Minoso glove art since 2014, continuing its’ journey around the country helping to spark memories and curiosity about the Negro Leagues era and this special player.
I encourage you to attend the exhibition, September 18 - October 28, 2016, at the WVU Alumni Center in Morgantown, WV, which will also include items from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and private collections.
There are many educational opportunities available for students and teachers as part of this exhibition. It's a unique lens through which to learn more about the challenges of past generations and relate it to today's world. More info here.
Thanks to Dr. Robert Waterson and the WVU Center for Democracy and Citizenship Education for inviting me to participate in this event with this work.