Category Archive: Articles.2011.TNP

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

brought her reporter’s notebook and cartoonist’s sketch pad to Yankee Stadium in 1940. Shown here interviewing Yankee teammates Joe Gordon (left), Lefty Gomez, and Joe DiMaggio (far right).

Jeane Hoffman: California Girl Makes Good in Press Box

The experiences of 17-year-old Jeane Hoffman as she worked…

Winter Baseball in California: Separate Opportunities, Equal Talent

Mislabeling all winter baseball played in California as “California…
gives Johnny Rizzo (right), a promising Pittsburgh outfielder purchased from Columbus, a few pointers during an exhibition game.

The Bucs in San Berdoo

The history of the Pirates' spring training at Perris Hill Park…
Winning pitcher of the 1947 PCL playoff game autographs the cast of injured boxer Eddie Malone.

A Game I'll Never Forget: Los Angeles Defeats San Francisco in 1947 Playoff Game

The cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles have always been…
(right), wearing the Hollywood Stars' new shorts and lightweight rayon jerseys, visits with Branch Rickey in 1950 at Gilmore Field.

Rounding Third and Heading for Home: Fred Haney, L.A.'s Mister Baseball

Fred Girard Haney touched all the bases in a 65-year baseball…
The trigger for the biggest brawl in PCL history. Hollywood Stars outfielder Ted Beard slides spikes-high into Los Angeles Angels third baseman Murray Franklin, August 2, 1953.

When the Angels and Stars Ruled Los Angeles

Long before the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles and the Angels sprang…
A 150-foot office tower housed 13-foot clocks on its four sides that could be seen from all parts of the city, making the ballpark the iconic symbol of baseball in Los Angeles for more than 35 years.

Los Angeles' Wrigley Field: "The Finest Edifice in the United States"

The history of Wrigley Field is intermingled with that of the…
Pacific Coast League game, circa 1910.

The Pacific Coast League Ballparks of Los Angeles

History of the eight Pacific Coast League Ballparks in the Los…
Dodgers players tower over the 5-foot-2-inch Ng as she listens during a spring training meeting in Vero Beach, Florida.

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

Kim Ng's ascension in baseball operations through the Dodgers'…
(Left to right) Bobby Miske, Dick Teed, Buzz Bowers, Steve Lembo, Gil Bassetti and Bill Fesh.

Eyeball to Eyeball, Bellybutton to Bellybutton: Inside The Dodger Way of Scouting

A look at the Dodger way of scouting, tracing its roots back…
A magnet for drawing Latino, especially Mexican-American, fans to Dodger Stadium.

Fernandomania

The story of Fernando Valenzuela and Fernandomania.The story…
The Dodgers' most valuable lefty keeps score as he broadcasts a Dodgers-Mets game at Dodger Stadium in the 1960s.

Vin Scully: Greatest Southpaw in Dodgers History

An appreciation of longtime Dodgers announcer Vin Scully.Chances…
The Dodgers tried to compensate for the short distance to left field with a high screen and national park-like dimensions for right and right-center. This is the 1958 layout.

A Home Like No Other: The Dodgers in L.A. Memorial Coliseum

Highlights of the Dodgers' days in L.A. Memorial Coliseum. Highlights…
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

The history of Hollywood Stars at Dodgers' Stadium. The…
Producer and emcee of

Home Run Derby: A Tale of Baseball and Hollywood

Tale of the creation of Home Run Derby. It was just the…
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

Chronicle of women featured in baseball movies.Chronicle of…

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…

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