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Preserving Baseball Latino Heritage For The New York Times

Latinos and Baseball

Baseball is represented by much more than a box score. The sport is rich in diversity and cultural heritage. The Smithsonian National Museum of American History has started an initiative to collect Latino artifacts and memorabilia to preserve the past.

New York Times sent me to cover a collection event at the Kansas City Museum in Missouri where Smithsonian Latino Center director Eduardo Díaz urged locals to consider donating.

“We are story tellers at the Smithsonian,” Díaz said. “But for us to tell stories, we need things, we need baseball gloves, we need jerseys, we need baseball mitts”.

The museum also hosted an exhibition and displayed oral history interviews that will be available to the Smithsonian.

You can read the New York Times story here.

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V.B.A.C.s in Casper

When the New York Times contacted me during Superbowl weekend for a story regarding Casper women pursuing natural births post cesarean births, the first thing I did was sober up and accept the job. The second thing was look up the definition of “cesarean”.

The background is that hospitals are afraid of complications when doing vaginal births after a C-section, or V.B.A.C. Although the procedure has been deemed safe, there is a slightly higher risk of rupturing the uterus.  Short of being in the delivery room during a birth, it was going to be tough to visually tell this story. So I decided to go the route of moments. I spent a day with one mother and kids on a Sunday. Followed them to church, made some nachos, read a story, and left around nap time.

The other family had complications. The day before shooting, the 8-month pregnant mother had kidney stones removed. Being a trooper, she still allowed me to take pictures during a check-up and ultrasound. Except things went wrong again when I arrived at the doctor’s office and she came out saying “this isn’t going to work”. Mandie was having contractions and going into labor. They rushed over to the Wyoming Medical Center and I tagged along to see what access I could get. This is the hospital that was being shined in a “not-so-bright light” in the story. I pulled magic out of my pocket and talked my way into the room. She ended up having the baby via C-section days later.

The story was published Tuesday. Here are some photos. Thanks for looking!

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