“Major League Baseball Moves West,” April 4, 2018, Whittier, CA

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2018, 7:00 P.M.

VILLALOBOS HALL, WHITTIER COLLEGE

13507 Earlham Drive, Whittier, California

The Institute for Baseball Studies, the Baseball Reliquary, and the Historical Society of Southern California join forces to present “Major League Baseball Moves West,” a discussion and book signing, on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Villalobos Hall, 13507 Earlham Drive, Whittier, California, on the campus of Whittier College. The event is open to the public and free of charge. Light refreshments will be served.

It’s been six decades since Major League Baseball arrived in California, opening the door for a wide range of professional sports entertainment up and down the Pacific Coast. For this program, Andy McCue, author of Mover & Shaker: Walter O’Malley, the Dodgers & Baseball’s Westward Expansion, and Robert Garratt, author of Home Team: The Turbulent History of the San Francisco Giants, team up to discuss the franchise moves, the consequences, and how the teams have become embedded in their communities.

A major area of discussion will be the history of the team’s stadiums, with O’Malley’s initial struggle to get Dodger Stadium built followed by years of success and iconic status for the ballpark. In San Francisco, where the city-owned model was followed in the spirit of its times, Candlestick Park became a chilly boondoggle which led to two bouts of brinksmanship to keep the team in the Bay Area. The eventual construction of AT&T Park led to success on and off the field and strong ties to its fans.

Andy McCue is a retired newspaper reporter. Mover & Shaker won the Seymour Medal for 2015’s best book of baseball history or biography from the Society for American Baseball Research. Garratt, whose Home Team was nominated for the Seymour Medal this past year, is a Professor Emeritus of English and Humanities at the University of Puget Sound.

A book signing with Andy McCue and Robert Garratt will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase.

“Major League Baseball Moves West” is made possible, in part, by a grant to the Baseball Reliquary from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. For further information, contact the Baseball Reliquary by phone at (626) 791-7647 or by e-mail at terymar@earthlink.net.  For directions and parking, phone (562) 907-4803.

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