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“42″ Movie Review

I have been so busy that I have not updated  my blog in a long time.  I had part of this short review of  the movie “42″ in draft so I finally had a chance to finish it

A group of us (Lorena, Amanda Rosie, Josie, Elisa, my brother Vic and I) went to see the movie “42″ on Saturday April 13.    We went to a theater in Pasadena .  I loved the movie but I was left with “is that the end?”   It could have been longer as far as I was concern.  It was too short.

Harrison Ford does an excellent job of portraying Branch Rickey.   Ben Chapman got under my skin so he was doing his part acting.  Chadwick Boseman portrays a quiet dignity like his character, Jackie while at the same time showing that he is controlling his anger.    Nicole Behaire was delightful as Rachel Robinson.  Boseman and Behaire played a cute on-screen couple.

If the movie makes you read more about this era, about  Jackie Robinson who died so young, about Baseball pioneer, Branch Rickey then is doing its job.    I for one, pulled two books I had purchased from libraries that were marked “discarded”  They are “Opening Day the story of Jackie Robinson first season”

and “The Story of Branch Rickey”

Another book is

from Branch Rickey’s Little Blue Book:

Luck Is the Residue of Design – Branch Rickey.

I took my brother to see the plaque in front where Jackie Robinson’s mom moved with her kids in Pasadena.  The house is no longer there but there is a plaque there.

I also took my brother to see the sculptures in front of the Pasadena City Hall of Jackie and his brother.

Jackie Robinson sculpture in front of the Pasadena City Hall.   You can see Mack Robinson sculpture in the picture too.  Mack is facing the City Hall, while Jackie is facing Brooklyn.

I hope that you too went out to the library or bookstore to read more about Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey and about this era in Baseball history.

Mike Piazza’s signing at Vroman’s

So since I already had the book I decided to go to the Mike Piazza signing.   I drove to work so that I could start work earlier and get out earlier.   I told my boss before I left that if I did not show up on Thursday is because I might be in jail.  haha. 

I found Cindy and her husband were the first two people in line in letter.  I don’t know how far the letters went but I saw the group for D.   I was probably the 10th person in line for letter A.   When I got there I think there were about 50 people there. 

I waited until Mike signed my book.  

Then I leaned over and told him “Maybe you were misunderstood in the book, but I think you should apologize to Vin Scully” 

He listened to me and he said “oh… It wasn’t bad”  I wished that Mike would have elaborated but by this time, I already had to move.  There was this big guy to my left there making sure the people were moving right after they signed the book. 

 I do collect baseball books.  I ordered them online, or buy them from SABR, at bookstores, thrift stores or at Friends of the Library bookstores.   I do need another bookshelf. 

Back to taking the train tomorrow.   I do prefer to take the train than to drive to work.  It also gives me a chance to do some reading.

John Schulian, Scott Akasaki, Wes Parker and Jim Colburn

Last Saturday I went to see John Schulian speak at the Allendale library.   Terry Cashman of the Baseball Reliquary introduced him.  He talked about Boxing, Basketball, Football and baseball.  He read from his columns in the book “Sometimes They Even Shook Your Hand.”   I immediately liked his quick-witted style and good nature sarcasm.

Terry did a word association with Schulian.  On Pete Rose, John said “so-so gambler.  Should be in the Hall of Fame.”   Billy Martin “A mouse waiting to be a rat.” (great line)   Howard Cossell “Not my favorite guy.”   Others who he think should be in the Hall of Fame:   Barry Bonds, yes. Roger Clement, yes.  Mark McGuire, no.   Of Kobe Bryan he said “Is going to be fascinating to watch him grow old.”

Afterwards I got in line to buy his book “Sometimes They Even Shook Your Hands.”  When it got to be my turn, Terry told John that I am a big Dodger fan.  John wrote in my book “For Emma, the Queen of Dodger Stadium  -John Schulian 11/10/12″  ;-)

Terry usually sets other baseball books related to the speaker or topic at the library.   I checked out  “The Sporting World of Jim Murray” by Jim Murray, and “What A Time It Was  The Best of W.C. Heintz on Sports”

Discussion on “The Business of Baseball”  Claremont, CA

Char Ham posted the following on the Baseball Reliquary page:

This Tuesday, November 20, there is a free discussion on “The Business of Baseball” at Claremont McKenna College’s Athenaeum at 6:45 p.m. Speakers include host Dodger Scott Akasaki, Claremont College alum and Dodger alum Wes Parker, and Cub alum Jim Colburn.
Address is 385 E. Eighth St. In Claremont.When I was 12, I wrote a snail mail to Wes Parker with questions for a career assignment, and he replied. I lost the pink index sized postcard, but the answers were neatly typed. I have never met him so when I go, I will tell him about it.
Nice story on Wes Parker.   I am going to see if I can make it to this event.
On another note: what happened to Our Latest Leaders post from Mark?  We did not have one for October.  Is not too late Mark.

Dodgers Bowling Extravaganza & Bad Moon Rising

Dodgers are off today.   They got swept by the hated Giants at home.  It was sad being at Dodger Stadium and watching this.  Dodgers never led in any of the three games.  

So what are some Dodgers doing tonight? 

The Eighth Annual Dodgers Dream Foundation Bowling Extravaganza is taking place tonight, Thursday, august 23, 2012 at Lucky Strike Lanes L.A. LIVE .   James Loney has been hosting the event for the last few years.  Here is more information from the Dodgers website:

NATURAL BALANCE PET FOODS
Dodgers Dream Foundation Bowling Extravaganza
Lucky Strike Lanes L.A. LIVE
Thursday, August 23, 2012
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
6:00 PM – Registration
7:00 PM – Bowling & Dinner Medley
10:00 PM – Awards
 

Think Blue Lane – $7,500

 

Individual Bowler – $850

 

Bad Moon Rising: Baseball and the Summer of ’68

 
The bowling is too much money for me  so tonight I will be at the Bad Moon Rising:  Baseball and the Summer of ’68 exhibition at the Burbank Central Library.   The exhibition is up until September 27, 2012 but tonight is the discussion and book signing with Tim Wendel, author of Summer of ’68: The Season that Changed Baseball-and America-Forever.  
 
The event is free and is put together by the Baseball Reliquary. 
 
Among the topics examined in the exhibition are the record-setting achievevements of pitchers Bob gibson, Denny McLain and Don Drysdale, baseball reaction to the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy, the World Series matchup between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers, the riots, the final major league season for Mickey Mantle, the emergence of Football. 
 
 
Other books by Tim Wendel: High Heat, Far From Home, Red Rain and Castro’s Curveball.  
 
 
More information at www.baseballreliquary.com
 
 
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