We'd like to call your attention to a stellar sports doubleheader coming up in the Pasadena area on Friday evening, November 9 and Saturday afternoon, November 10. Both events are open to the public and free of charge.
Leading off will be a screening of Jon Leonoudakis's documentary, "Not Exactly Cooperstown," on Friday evening, November 9, beginning at 7:00 p.m., at the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro Street, South Pasadena (flyer attached). Please note that this screening was originally scheduled for November 1, but was changed due to a possible conflict with the seventh game of the World Series. Definitely wishful thinking on the part of a Tigers fan!
The Friday night screening will include a trivia contest, with winners receiving nice crisp $2 bills, and audience members are encouraged to wear their finest baseball attire for the chance to win a special prize. A few artifacts from the film will be on display, and "Not Exactly Cooperstown" DVDs will be on sale for $20. This will be a great opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping.
Incidentally, Jon Leonoudakis has added a lot of new content to the "Not Exactly Cooperstown" Web site, so take a peek at www.notexactlycooperstown.com. Click on the "News" link on the home page to access recent interviews with Jon, including his appearance last week on "AirTalk" with Larry Mantle on KPCC-FM in Pasadena.
Also, the official trailer for "Not Exactly Cooperstown" has just been posted on YouTube, and it's a real treat to see the montage of performances of the National Anthem from past Shrine of the Eternals Induction Day ceremonies. Here's the link:
The doubleheader concludes on Saturday afternoon, November 10 with a discussion featuring sportswriter John Schulian. "Speaking Of: John Schulian" begins at 2:00 p.m. and launches a new speaker series at the Allendale Branch Library, 1130 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena. The series will explore the lives and illuminate the creative journeys of Pasadena's most enduring artistic and cultural figures, and each program will feature a discussion between a moderator and featured speaker, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.
"Speaking Of: John Schulian" (press release and photo attached) will explore the craft of sportswriting with a Pasadena resident who has firmly established himself as one of the country's preeminent sportswriters over the last forty years. Schulian will read excerpts from his Sports Illustrated profiles of pro football great Chuck Bednarik ("Concrete Charlie") and Negro Leagues baseball legend Oscar Charleston ("A One-Way Ticket to Obscurity"). In addition, video clips will be shown of various athletes and events that Schulian covered, including the 1985 middleweight boxing championship bout between Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns ("the single most electrifying event I covered in any sport"), and the 1980 heavyweight championship match in which Larry Holmes dismantled an aging Muhammad Ali ("the saddest night I ever saw in sports ... it was like covering an execution").
Schulian will sign copies of his recently-published anthology, "Sometimes They Even Shook Your Hand: Portraits of Champions Who Walked Among Us," which will be available for sale for $20. Again, this event is open to the public and free of charge; however, seating is limited, so early arrival is encouraged.
Hope to see you at both events of this once-in-a-lifetime doubleheader!
The Baseball Reliquary