Any excuse to ride the train is a good excuse. Last Saturday we took the Pacific Surfliner four hours north up the coast to check out the Museum of Ventura County‘s Béisbol: From the Barrios to the Big Leagues exhibit, which runs through November 30.
Admission to the museum is $5 for adults 18 years and older; $3 for seniors, students, and AAA members; and $1 for children aged 6-17. Kids 5 years old and younger get in free. Despite my best tantrum, I did not pass for 5 or younger.
The exhibit is small and can be viewed in 30-40 minutes, but if you love baseball history, it’s well worth the time and cost. There are two components to the exhibit. One celebrates the tradition of baseball in Ventura, as played by Mexican-American immigrants dating back to the early 20th century. The other takes a more global look at the Latin-American influence on the game as we know it today.
The local history part includes photos, old flannel uniforms, bats and gloves, and descriptions of the people who played the games and where they played them. All offer a glimpse into Ventura’s past and provide a welcome reminder that despite MLB’s having become a huge monolithic industry, baseball remains at its roots the people’s game.