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When there's no baseball news in New York...
2007-03-11 10:06
by Bob Timmermann

The New York Times can always find time to write up a weepy feature about the Brooklyn Dodgers.

How many of these does the paper have canned and ready to go? I think Dave Anderson and George Vescey can just bring them up with a macro that was put into their computers.

And from this I can segue into a plug for a talk that a coworker and I will be giving on baseball literature and baseball history at the Central Libary of the Los Angeles Public Library on Thursday, April 5 at 12:15 pm. If you're in Downtown L.A., swing on by and feel free to heckle. Perhaps you can try to frighten me by wearing a Frank Robinson mask. Not that I think anyone makes Frank Robinson masks.

I'll be talking about baseball books, highlighting what I consider to be some of the best ones in my opinion. My coworker, Glen Creason of the History Department, will be having a talk about historic Los Angeles baseball stadiums. I believe I am designated to act all weepy over the demise of Gilmore Field.

2007-03-11 10:22:51
1.   D4P
A "Mr. Lecter" gave me a Frank Robinson mask. It's very thin.
2007-03-11 10:33:19
2.   Linkmeister
If you've got a prepared text, post it. I'd like to read your suggestions and commentary.
2007-03-11 10:39:19
3.   Bob Timmermann

What is the meaning of that word?

Actually I have the books I want to talk about and then I will be handing out lists of suggested reading that I've found on the web.

I would think all of the books I will mention people will have heard with the exception of one or two.

2007-03-11 10:41:55
4.   Icaros
Gilmore Field looks awesome. What strip-mall is it now?
2007-03-11 10:44:33
5.   Bob Timmermann
Gilmore Field is now the site of CBS Television City. One of the sound stages has a plaque marking where home plate was.
2007-03-11 11:04:51
6.   Claire Malone-Evans
It looks as if the fans at Gilmore Field were seated in front of the outfield wall.
2007-03-11 11:08:59
7.   Icaros
So could an outfielder climb up the bank of fans to rob a home run?
2007-03-11 11:09:14
8.   Bob Timmermann
The linked photo is from a major league exhibition game played at Gilmore, so it's possible that they sat some of the fans in the outfield and just roped it off because of an overflow crowd. They wouldn't have drawn that many for a PCL game.

The photo is from 1951.

2007-03-11 11:18:49
9.   Andrew Shimmin
You should get a video podcast setup, to accommodate people who don't feel like going places or doing stuff.
2007-03-11 11:29:24
10.   Bob Timmermann
I will hire a courtroom sketch artist to depict the scene. Or perhaps I will just have a series of still photos to be shown during the 11 o'clock news like they do with prizefights.
2007-03-11 11:37:18
11.   Sam DC
Indeed, webcast is the wave of the present.
2007-03-11 11:53:14
12.   ToyCannon
So by doing the presentation at 12:15 are you just hoping no one shows up?
2007-03-11 11:57:21
13.   Bob Timmermann
I didn't get to pick the time. It's supposed to be for the Downtown community that comes by on their lunch hour.

If more than two people who don't work for the library or just want to get out of the sun, I would be very surprised.

2007-03-11 11:58:29
14.   Andrew Shimmin
YouTube won't, but (bizarrely) Google Video will host big video files. Does the library have a DV video camera? There's got to be a local magnet school that would, and that could send out an AV crew for extra credit. Now is the time for G-SPAN! It'd be a little extra work for you, but think of how much less work it would be for, say, me.
2007-03-11 12:02:36
15.   Bob Timmermann
The library does webcasting of a lot of its systemwide meetings for staff who can't make it out.

They've never done it for other programs because ... they just don't. It would be an effective form of advertising for the library. It may be a bandwidth issue as the other webcasts are on the library's intranet.

2007-03-11 12:36:36
16.   Sam DC
Would it help if we got Picard to stroll in to some relevant admin's office and say "Make it so"?
2007-03-12 14:41:05
17.   Jacob L
I'll be there so you'll only need one more to make you attendance goal. A good friend of mine is now working up in the Literature department - he said he's met you. I'm sure he'd like to come also, but that doesn't help boost your non-liberry-employee numbers.

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