Other kids in their neighborhood wondered how the Martinezes always had expensive bats on hand.
Their secret?
The Martinez boys would attend baseball games and ask to have any splintered bats. They would take the bats home, fix them up, and use them as their own.

From the big leagues to backyard games, we're exploring the history of Latinos and baseball. Join us tomorrow night at Giving and the Game to join the discussion, see objects from our baseball history collection up close, and savor our baseball-inspired Cuban menu. Be sure to used discount code BATTERUP for a deal on tickets!

The program is made possible by the Fidelity Charitable Trustees’ Initiative, a grantmaking program of Fidelity Charitable, through the museum’s Philanthropy Initiative. The Initiative is also made possible by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and David M. Rubenstein. In addition, Giving and the Game is supported through a gift from Cordoba Corporation and a partnership with the Smithsonian Latino Center and La Vida Baseball.
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