TURNING BACK THE CLOCK: BASEBALL IN LOS ANGELES

For Immediate Release – March 17, 2015

Contact: Terry Cannon, Executive Director, The Baseball Reliquary
Phone: (626) 791-7647; e-mail: terymar@earthlink.net

TURNING BACK THE CLOCK: BASEBALL IN LOS ANGELES

  • Date & Time: Saturday, March 28, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Arcadia Public Library, 20 W. Duarte Road, Arcadia, CA 91006

la-heat-brand-500x457In conjunction with its current exhibition at the Arcadia Public Library, “Meal Tickets & Miracle Workers: Icons of Los Angeles Baseball,” the Baseball Reliquary presents a panel discussion on Los Angeles baseball history on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 2:00 p.m., at the Cay Mortenson Auditorium, Arcadia Public Library, 20 W. Duarte Road, Arcadia, CA 91006.
The panel discussion, entitled “Turning Back the Clock: Baseball in Los Angeles,” will feature a distinguished lineup of sportswriters, broadcasters, and historians, including Tomas Benitez, Howard Cole, Randy Kerdoon, Jeff Polman, Ron Rapoport, and Lisa Nehus Saxon. In addition to the discussion on Los Angeles baseball history, the panelists will offer their observations and predictions for the upcoming baseball season. A book signing will follow the discussion. Please join us for what promises to be a memorable afternoon of conversation.

For further information on the program, contact the Baseball Reliquary by phone at (626) 791-7647 or by e-mail at terymar@earthlink.net. For directions, contact the Arcadia Public Library by phone at (626) 821-5569. The program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Panelists:

  • Tomas Benitez is Chairman of the Board of Latino Arts Network, has been an advocate of Chicano/Latino arts and culture for nearly 40 years, and has served as a consultant to the Smithsonian Institute, the President’s Council for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the University of Notre Dame, USC, UCLA, the Mexican Fine Art Center Museum in Chicago, and the California Arts Council. He is an advisor to the Latino Baseball History Project and a frequent speaker at the Baseball Reliquary’s Shrine of the Eternals, where he introduced the inductions of Minnie Minoso (2002) and Fernando Valenzuela (2006).
  • Howard Cole is a Los Angeles-based sportswriter with a focus on baseball. His writing credits include Forbes, Orange County Register, LA Weekly, Bakersfield Californian, and San Jose Mercury-News. He is the founding director of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA). In an earlier life, he produced news-talk radio, worked Boxing Press Operations for the 1984 Olympics, and delivered pizzas in Beverly Hills with Tim Robbins. The son of Brooklyn parents, he was born in what is now the Scientology Building on Sunset Boulevard, a Puig’s-throw from Dodger Stadium.
  • Randy Kerdoon graduated with a degree in journalism from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Following a brief stint at KWNK radio, he joined KFWB in 1989 and was the morning sports anchor until 1995. He worked at Fox-11 News from 1993 to 2002, developing his popular “K-Files” and “Sports Around the World” features. After a brief stay at the Fox Sports Radio Network, he became KNX 1070 Newsradio’s full-time morning sportscaster in 2004, where his sports updates can be heard twice an hour on weekday mornings through early afternoon. His broadcast work has been honored with numerous Golden Mike’s, including Best Sports Reporting and Best Radio Sportscast awards along with AP Mark Twain awards and L.A. Press Club awards for excellence. While at Fox-11, he won an Emmy for best sports reporting.
  • Jeff Polman has written about baseball and culture for The Huffington Post and many other Web sites, including Seamheads, Baseball Prospectus, The Hardball Times, Fire Brand of the American League, and ChicagoSide Sports. Two of his recent Huffington Post pieces were “An Open, True Blue Letter to Vin Scully” regarding the Dodgers’ broadcasting rights fiasco, and “Why Dodger Fans Leave Early.” He has also written three “baseball replay novels,” with his latest one, Mystery Ball ’58, just published by Grassy Gutter Press and available on Amazon.
  • Ron Rapoport was a sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times for more than 20 years. He was also a columnist and sportswriter for the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, and the Associated Press, and was sports commentator on National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition Saturday” for two decades. He has written, edited, and collaborated on a number of books about sports and show business. His latest book is From Black Sox to Three-Peats: A Century of Chicago’s Best Sports Writing. He is currently editing an anthology of Ring Lardner’s journalism.
  • Lisa Nehus Saxon worked as a beat reporter and sports columnist for daily newspapers in Southern California for more than two decades. She covered the Angels, Dodgers, Raiders, and major college football and basketball, and twice received APSE awards for her coverage of UCLA men’s basketball. She began covering Major League Baseball in 1981 and became a full-time traveling beat reporter in 1983. During that time, she fought hard for women to gain full access to locker rooms. She often had to conduct postgame interviews in hallways and outside of team buses, but she always found a way to get the story and make the deadline. She currently teaches a media class at Santa Monica College and Palisades Charter High School, where she serves as advisor for the school’s award-winning student publication.

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