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BASEBALL’S TIME MACHINE:
Photography at the Field of Dreams

Exhibition: May 1-May 31, 2002

at the Burbank, California Public Libraries:
Burbank Central Library, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd.
Northwest Library, 3323 W. Victory Blvd.
Buena Vista Library, 401 N. Buena Vista St.

“Pop Quiz. What do the photograph and baseball have in common? They both officially were invented in 1839 — though baseball’s debut is in fact tougher to pin down — and both stop time, permitting us to retain in our mind’s eye what in ‘real life’ passes before us too quickly.” ~ John Thorn in The Game for All America (1988)

        The Baseball Reliquary returns to beautiful downtown Burbank, California to present an exhibition at the Central, Northwest, and Buena Vista Libraries. Entitled “Baseball’s Time Machine: Photography at the Field of Dreams,” the exhibition will highlight the dynamic relationship between photography and baseball through an engaging selection of images dating from the Civil War era to modern times.
        Rather than simply presenting a collection of the most famous baseball photographs, the displays will serve more as a window on American baseball, both the professional and amateur games, as seen through the perspectives of a select group of devotees. For this exhibition, the Baseball Reliquary invited photo archivists and private collectors, as well as historians, writers, and artists, to contribute their “favorite” baseball photographs from any time period. Each image will be accompanied by a caption/description explaining why the photograph holds such personal interest and meaning. Through these selections, the viewer can explore the influence of photography on baseball history and encounter highly personal observations on our national pastime.
        Contributors to “Baseball’s Time Machine: Photography at the Field of Dreams” include, in alphabetical order, Jean Hastings Ardell, Mel Bailey, Stephen Berkman, Terry Cannon, Gene Carney, Glen Creason and David Davis (Photographic Collection, Los Angeles Public Library), Paul Gertsen, Steven P. Gietschier (The Sporting News), Dennis Goldstein, Larry Goren, Dan Gutman, Barry Halper, Albert Kilchesty, Mark Langill (Los Angeles Dodgers), Jim McConnell (San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group), Dorothy Jane Mills, Michael Mumby, Kerry Yo Nakagawa (Nisei Baseball Research Project), Vic Pallos, Mark Rucker, Mike Shannon, Tom Shieber (National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum), and David Q. Voigt.
        “Baseball’s Time Machine: Photography at the Field of Dreams” has been curated by Terry Cannon, Executive Director of the Baseball Reliquary. A limited-edition poster will be available for sale during the course of the exhibition at the Burbank Central Library, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank. For library hours, go to http://www.burbank.lib.ca.us/generalinfo.cfm. For additional information, contact the Baseball Reliquary by phone at (626) 791-7647 or by e-mail at skpubs@earthlink.net.


“Vintage Ballparks of the Pacific Coast League:
When the Grass Was Real and Autographs Were Free”

A Visual Tour with Live Narration
Presented by Vic Pallos

Wednesday, May 15, 2002 ~ 7:00 PM
Burbank Central Library Auditorium
110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, California

       Before the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958, the hometown teams were the L.A. Angels and Hollywood Stars — one of the hottest rivalries in minor league baseball. The Angels and Stars were part of the Pacific Coast League, eight triple-A teams located in cities from San Diego to Seattle.
        In conjunction with the exhibition “Baseball’s Time Machine: Photography at the Field of Dreams,” the Baseball Reliquary presents “Vintage Ballparks of the Pacific Coast League: When the Grass Was Real and Autographs Were Free” by Vic Pallos. The program, to be held at the Burbank Central Library Auditorium on Wednesday, May 15 at 7:00 PM, will provide a visual tour with live narration of the Pacific Coast League ballparks, from the 1920s to 1950s, with interesting anecdotes and nostalgia about the parks and their teams. The program is open to the public and free of charge.
        Vic Pallos has been fascinated with the architecture and history of baseball stadiums since he attended his first Pacific Coast League game at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles in 1954. A member of the Society for American Baseball Research and Pacific Coast League Historical Society, he has made numerous presentations on ballparks to both organizations and has served as a resource to books and magazine and newspaper articles nationwide.
        Mr. Pallos holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from California State University, Los Angeles, and began his career as a newspaper reporter and news and sports editor. Since 1971 he has served as Director of Public Information & Partnerships for the Glendale Unified School District.
        For additional information, contact the Baseball Reliquary by phone at (626) 791-7647 or by e-mail at skpubs@earthlink.net.


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