The Dodgers Come to Los Angeles: Politics and Pennants in Paradise

Walter O'Malley, Dodger Stadium, March 11, 1962. (Photo from Los Angeles Herald Examiner)

Walter O’Malley, Dodger Stadium, March 11, 1962. (Photo from Los Angeles Herald Examiner)

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The Institute for Baseball Studies presents “The Dodgers Come to Los Angeles: Politics and Pennants in Paradise,” featuring author and historian Andy McCue and former Dodgers first baseman Wes Parker in a discussion about the Dodgers’ move to Los Angeles and the team’s early years in the City of Angels, on Sunday, September 27, at 7:00 p.m.  The program will be held on the campus of Whittier College at Villalobos Hall, 13507 Earlham Dr., Whittier, California 90602.  Free parking for the event is available in the Mendenhall lot on Philadelphia St., just north of Painter Ave.; or in the lot on the corner of Earlham Dr. and Painter Ave.

Andy McCue is the author of a compelling, detailed, and nuanced biography of Walter O’Malley, one of the most influential team owners in professional sports history. Mover & Shaker: Walter O’Malley, the Dodgers, and Baseball’s Westward Expansion received the 2015 Seymour Medal from the Society for American Baseball Research as the best book of baseball history or biography published in the last calendar year.

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Former first baseman Wes Parker played his entire career with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1964-1972, winning six straight Gold Gloves from 1967-1972. The Southern California native played in two World Series in 1965 and 1966. In 2007, Parker was selected as the greatest defensive first baseman in the last half century, and was named to the all-time Rawlings Gold Glove team.

Following the program, Andy McCue will sign copies of Mover & Shaker. Attendees are invited to arrive early, between 5:30-6:30 p.m., to visit the Institute for Baseball Studies in Room 310 of the Mendenhall Building, where there will be a special display of Los Angeles Dodgers-themed Orange Crate Label paintings by artist Ben Sakoguchi.

Ben Sakoguchi: "Bum Rap Brand," from the artist's Orange Crate Label Series: The Unauthorized History of Baseball.

Ben Sakoguchi: “Bum Rap Brand,” from the artist’s Orange Crate Label Series: The Unauthorized History of Baseball.

For further information, contact Institute for Baseball Studies Co-Directors Joseph L. Price by e-mail at jprice@whittier.edu or by phone at (562) 907-4803; or Terry Cannon by e-mail at terymar@earthlink.net or by phone at (626) 791-7647.

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