Cultural Diversity: Diversity in the Dugout

For over 150 years the game of baseball has created many opportunities for players from around the world. Today, the "National Pastime" is more culturally diverse than ever before. Thirty percent of players on contemporary big league rosters were born outside of the United States. The game also takes on unique flavors worldwide as players and fans come together at the ballpark, while leaving many of their differences behind.

Thematic Unit Objective

Identify different countries that have competitive baseball teams. Discover that players from all over the world come to the U.S. to play professional baseball. Understand that baseball is a sport that has multicultural appreciation. Recognize that the diversity of baseball makes the game stronger.

For starting pitchers we have two Dominicans, one Italian, one Mexican, and one Japanese. In the bullpen we have a Venezuelan, a Mexican, a guy from the United States, and a guy from St. Louis.

Hall of Fame Manager Tommy Lasorda

Rookie (Grades 3-5)

Lesson 1 (Pre-Visit): Our Community = Our Team

In this lesson, students will be introduced to the many meanings of the word "community." They will also learn to recognize diversity as a source of strength on a sports team as well as in a community. Download Full Lesson Plan


Lesson 2 (Pre-Visit): A World of Baseball Talent

Students will recognize that players come from all over the world to play professional baseball in the United States. Download Full Lesson Plan


Lesson 3 (Pre-Visit): Cultural Curve Ball

Students will learn about special ways that players, coaches, and managers communicate with one another in baseball. Download Full Lesson Plan


Lesson 4: On-Site Visit or Virtual Field Trip

Students will work with museum teachers to reinforce concepts and ideas introduced in the classroom. Book your On-Site Field Trip or Virtual Field Trip


Lesson 5 (Post-Visit): Baseball: An International Pastime

Students will use their mapping and research skills to discover more about countries that field teams in the World Baseball Classic. Download Full Lesson Plan

Intermediate (Grades 6-8)

Lesson 1 (Pre-Visit): A Community of Baseball Fans

In this lesson, students will review the many meanings of the word "community." They will learn to recognize diversity as a source of strength on a sports team as well as in a community. Download Full Lesson Plan


Lesson 2 (Pre-Visit): A World of Baseball Talent

Students will recognize that players come from all over the world to play professional baseball in the United States.

Download Full Lesson Plan


Lesson 3 (Pre-Visit): Cultural Curve Ball

Students will recognize challenges and obstacles faced by foreign-born players as they adjust to life in another country. Download Full Lesson Plan


Lesson 4: On-Site Visit or Virtual Field Trip

Students will work with museum teachers to reinforce concepts and ideas introduced in the classroom. Book your On-Site Field Trip or Virtual Field Trip


Lesson 5 (Post-Visit): Baseball: An International Pastime

Students will use their mapping and research skills to discover more about countries that field teams in the World Baseball Classic. Download Full Lesson Plan

Advanced (Grades 9-12)

Lesson 1 (Pre-Visit): A Community of Baseball Fans

In this lesson, students will review the many meanings of the word "community." They will recognize diversity as a source of strength on a sports team as well as in a community. Download Full Lesson Plan


Lesson 2 (Pre-Visit): A World of Baseball Talent

Students will recognize that players come from all over the world to play professional baseball in the United States. Download Full Lesson Plan


Lesson 3 (Pre-Visit): United Nations of Baseball

In this lesson, students will learn about how the game of baseball has helped shape the culture of many countries, especially in Central and South America Download Full Lesson Plan


Lesson 4: On-Site Visit or Virtual Field Trip

Students will work with museum teachers to reinforce concepts and ideas introduced in the classroom. Book your On-Site Field Trip or Virtual Field Trip


Lesson 5 (Post-Visit): Voices of Diversity in the Dugout

Students will read and analyze oral history interviews of current and former Latino major league players. Download Full Lesson Plan

Common Core Standards

CCSS ELA CONTENT: RI.3.1/4.1/5.1, SL.3.1/4.1/5.1
MCREL STANDARDS: Geography.Level 2.Standards 4,6,10, Civics.Level 2.Standard 11