Exhibition: April 15-May 25, 2017
Burbank Central Library
110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, California
The Baseball Reliquary and the Institute for Baseball Studies (Whittier College) present Leo Durocher: Baseball’s Prodigal Son, an exhibition based on Paul Dickson’s biography of one of the most colorful and controversial figures in baseball history. The exhibition, which will run from April 15-May 25, 2017 in the lobby of the Burbank Central Library, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, California, will utilize photographs, artifacts, and artworks, in addition to text from Dickson’s book, to reveal Durocher’s extraordinary life and times.
Leo Durocher (1905-1991) was baseball’s all-time leading character – cocky, flamboyant, and galvanizing, casting a shadow across several baseball eras, from the time of Babe Ruth to the space-age Astrodome, from Prohibition through the Vietnam War. For more than forty years, he was at the forefront of the game, with a Zelig-like ability to be present as a player or manager for some of the greatest teams and defining baseball moments of the twentieth century. A rugged, combative shortstop and a three-time All-Star, he became a legendary manager, winning three pennants and a World Series in 1954.
Durocher performed on three main stages – New York, Chicago, and Hollywood – with briefer stints in Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Houston. He entered from the wings, strode to where the lights were brightest, and then took a poke at anyone who tried to upstage him. He shared the limelight on occasion, but only with Hollywood friends such as actor Danny Kaye, movie tough guy and sometime roommate George Raft, Frank Sinatra, and his third wife, movie star Laraine Day.
Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; closed Sunday. For further information, phone (626) 791-7647; for directions, phone (818) 238-5600.
The exhibition is supported, in part, by a grant to the Baseball Reliquary from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.