Category Archive: Articles.2011.TNP

Articles for the 2011 edition of The National Pastime, “Endless Seasons: Baseball in Southern California”.

Dodgers Assistant General Manager Kim Ng Ready to Make the Jump to Top Job

Los Angeles Dodgers Assistant General Manager Kim Ng never thought…
Dodgers owner led the team’s move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles.

Walter O’Malley Was Right

An explanation of why Walter O'Malley was right in his decision…

June 2009: Dodgers vs. Oakland A’s

A poem about the Dodgers and Oakland A's in June 2009. “He…
From Jackie Gleason (upper left) to Dean Martin (lower right), this promotional piece gives a glimpse of the range of stars who appeared during the 1960s.

The (Movie) Hollywood Stars Game

Long before the Dodgers spied the bright lights and greener pastures…
In his 1959 acting debut in

Everybody’s a Star: The Dodgers Go Hollywood

In a scene from the Marx Brothers’ "Animal Crackers", Chico…
Producer and emcee of

Home Run Derby: A Tale of Baseball and Hollywood

It was just the top of the first, and Willie Mays hit four home…
Manager Jimmy Dugan's (Tom Hanks) line was an iconic moment in 1992's

“There’s No Crying in Baseball”: Balls, Bats, and Women in Baseball Movies

In an iconic moment from A League of Their Own (1992), Manager…

Relocation, Descent, and Rejuvenation

A poem about the Dodgers' relocation. Patterns are observed…
In

Buster Keaton, Baseball Player

Buster Keaton's journey as a physical athlete starring in silent…

Buck Rodgers: On the Road to Anaheim

A Biography of Buck Rodgers and his journey to Anaheim.  Millions…
twice won 20 games and earned the 1964 Cy Young Award — when it was still given to one pitcher in the major leagues.

Bo and Dean: A Lifetime of Fun and Friendship

A history of the friendship of Bo Belinsky and Dean Chance. Every…
Largest U.S. Cities and their MLB Franchises.

Mis-Management 101: The American League Expansion for 1961

A chronicle of the mismanagement of the 1961 American League…
at the 1996 USC Alumni Game.

“Never Make the Same Mistake Once: Remembering USC Baseball Coach Rod Dedeaux`

A look at the innovative style of legendary University of Southern…

Greater Los Angeles Area Colleges: Major League Mass-Production

A brief overview of Southern California University baseball programs,…

Lamentation: California Angels, October 1986

Lamenting the Angels' 1986 playoff loss. Lamenting the Angels'…

Baseball at Sepulveda Dam: One Afternoon, Three Hall of Famers

One day in May 1973, on one large field out in the San Fernando…
as a newsboy in 1918 at San Pedro Submarine Base.

Jimmie Reese: The Career and the Man

The life of Jimmie Reese as described by Tom Willman, journalist…

The Sandlot Mentors of Los Angeles

This article presents those little known but important men who…
From left: Kerry Yo Nakagawa of the Nisei Baseball Research Project; Pete Mitsui, founder of the San Fernando Aces Japnese-American semipro team; and Jeff Arnett, former director of education at the

Manzanar: Family, Friends, and Desert Diamonds Behind Barbed Wire

The irony of baseball behind barbed wire was that Japanese Americans…
channels Brooklyn's Hilda Chester (the Queen of the Cowbell) as he calls to order the Baseball Reliquary's Shine of the Eternals ceremony.

Post-Cooperstown Post Modernism: The Baseball Reliquary and the Future of Nostalgia

Just what is the Baseball Reliquary, anyway? There are as many…
pose with their father William at Belvedere Park.

Los Chorizeros: The New York Yankees of East Los Angeles and the Reclaiming of Mexican American Baseball History

Los Chorizeros baseball played an essential role in the life…
Los Angeles Angels executive, right, talks with two 1961 USC

A Whole New Franchise: Creating the 1961 Los Angeles Angels in 120 Days

Roland Hemond has worked in Organized Baseball since 1951, when…