Pelota Mixteca comes to light under the Californian sun.
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Pelota Mixteca is a traditional ball game played by immigrant workers throughout California. The game was brought to CA in the late 1970s from the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Today, a third generation of U.S. born players are taking up the tradition by playing along other immigrants, all under the watchful eyes of the first generation of players. Throughout the year, teams from San Diego, Los Angeles, Fresno, Bakersfield, Santa Barbara, Oxnard and Gilroy travel across the state to participate in competitions that lead up to an annual tournament organized in Fresno by the Asociación de Pelota Mixteca. In the tournment, an elite California team measures up against a visiting team from Mexico in a three-game series.