Events

2018 CALENDAR OF EXHIBITIONS & PROGRAMS

(Check back regularly for updates and additional events)

January 13-March 18: A Game of Color: The African-American Experience in BaseballThe Baseball Reliquary and the Institute for Baseball Studies present an exhibition of artifacts, artworks, and photographs covering over a half century of professional baseball, from the founding of the first Negro League in 1920, through the integration of major league baseball in 1947, and up to a new wave of outspoken African-American players in the 1960s and ‘70s who challenged the baseball establishment. Free admission. San Francisco Public Library Main Branch, Skylight Gallery, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco, California. Hours are Monday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Friday, 12:00-6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sunday, 12:00-5:00 p.m. For further information, phone (415) 557-4400.

February 1-February 28: From Monarchs to Barons: The Legacy of the Negro LeaguesThe Baseball Reliquary presents an exhibition on players who began their careers in the Negro Leagues and later became All-Stars in the Major Leagues after baseball’s integration.  Included will be artworks by Bill Cormalis, Jr. and Ben Sakoguchi. Free admission. La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, California. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; closed Sunday. For further information, phone (626) 791-7647; for directions, phone (626) 744-7268.

February 3-March 15: Feeling the Heat: Cuba’s Baseball HeritageThe Institute for Baseball Studies and the Baseball Reliquary present an exhibition utilizing photographs, artworks, and artifacts to document Cuba’s fascinating baseball history. Included will be photographs from Professor Joseph Price’s January 2018 course where students traveled to Cuba to observe baseball culture on the island. Free admission. Wardman Library, Whittier College, 7031 Founders Hill Road, Whittier, California. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m.; Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 12:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. For further information, phone (626) 791-7647; for directions, phone (562) 907-4247.

Byron Motley: “Making Contact, Centro Habana” (2008)

Saturday, February 24, 2:00 p.m.: From Monarchs to Barons: The Legacy of the Negro Leagues (Lecture/Slide Presentation and Musical Performance): In celebration of Black History Month, the Baseball Reliquary and La Pintoresca Branch Library present a program spotlighting the Negro Leagues, featuring author, filmmaker, and photographer Byron Motley, and folk singer Ross Altman. Attendees can also view the Baseball Reliquary’s exhibit on Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby, Willie Mays, and others who began their careers in the Negro Leagues, as well as artist Tina Hoggatt’s suite of linocut and letterpress portraits of African-American baseball icons. Free admission. La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, California. For further information, phone (626) 791-7647.

Tuesday, February 27, 6:00 p.m.: A Long Way from Home: The Untold Story of Baseball’s Desegregation (Film and Discussion): In conjunction with the exhibition A Game of Color: The African-American Experience in Baseball, filmmaker Gaspar Gonzalez screens his documentary A Long Way from Home: The Untold Story of Baseball’s Desegregation, which shares the stories of several of the trailblazers who played baseball in the period immediately following integration until 1971. These men continued breaking barriers throughout the minor leagues in rural, segregated towns where they faced relentless discrimination, ridicule, and even violence. The film features interviews with Jim “Mudcat” Grant, Orlando Cepeda, Tony Pérez, Jimmy Wynn, Deacon Jones, J.R. Richard, Enos Cabell, Cookie Rojas, Orlando Peña, and Bobby Tolan. A discussion with the filmmaker follows the screening. Free admission. San Francisco Public Library Main Branch, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco, California. For further information, phone (415) 557-4400.

Thursday, March 1, 6:00 p.m.: World Series of Baseball Poetry (Reading): In conjunction with the exhibition A Game of Color: The African-American Experience in Baseball, bards from throughout the Bay Area will take a swing at the national pastime. Curated by Kim Shuck, Poet Laureate of San Francisco. Free admission. San Francisco Public Library Main Branch, Latino Hispanic Community Room, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco, California. For further information, phone (415) 557-4400.

Thursday, March 8, 6:00 p.m.: No No: A Dockumentary (Film and Discussion): In conjunction with the exhibition A Game of Color: The African-American Experience in Baseball, Jeffrey Radice’s film about the life and times of outspoken pitcher Dock Ellis, No No: A Dockumentary, will be screened, followed by a panel discussion. Free admission. San Francisco Public Library Main Branch, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco, California. For further information, phone (415) 557-4400.

March 19-April 26: Eye on the Dodgers: Highlights from the Dr. Richard and Teresa Santillan Los Angeles Dodgers CollectionThe Baseball Reliquary and the Institute for Baseball Studies present the inaugural exhibition featuring materials from the Dr. Richard and Teresa Santillan Los Angeles Dodgers Collection. The displays will spotlight significant photographs from 1958 to present, and will include work by Rich Kee, who was the Dodgers photographer during the decades of the 1970s and ’80s. Free admission. Wardman Library, Whittier College, 7031 Founders Hill Road, Whittier, California. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m.; Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 12:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. For further information, phone (626) 791-7647; for directions, phone (562) 907-4803.

Tuesday, March 20, 7:00 p.m.: The Stories Behind the Images: The Dodgers Photography of Rich Kee (Slide Presentation and Discussion): Rich Kee, who had the good fortune to serve as the Los Angeles Dodgers team photographer in the 1970s and ’80s, will share a selection of his iconic images and stories from two decades that were highlighted by the transition from Walter Alston to Tommy Lasorda, a record-setting infield, Fernandomania, a World Series championship in 1981, and much more. Free admission and refreshments. Villalobos Hall, Whittier College, 13507 Earlham Drive, Whittier, California. For further information and directions, phone (626) 791-7647.

Rich Kee: “Tommy ’77”

ONGOING EVENTS:

The Baseball Reliquary presents a display of Negro Leagues memorabilia, and Jackie Robinson artworks and artifacts, including Michael Guccione’s “Jackie Robinson Icon” and William Robert Steele’s replica of Ebbets Field.  Jackie Robinson Community Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, California. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday.  For further information, phone (626) 744-7300.

Display of Negro Leagues memorabilia at Jackie Robinson Center, Pasadena, California.

Display of Negro Leagues memorabilia at Jackie Robinson Center, Pasadena, California.

 

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