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Saturday, July 23

Dodgerland: Decadent Los Angeles and the 1977-78 Dodgers

Allendale Branch Library

1130 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106


Dodgerland, written by Michael Fallon, is the story of the memorable 1977-78 Los Angeles Dodgers, as Chavez Ravine began to change, baseball was about to enter a new era, and American culture experienced a shift to the “me” era. Part journalism, part social history, and part straight sportswriting, Dodgerland is told through the lives of four men, each representing different aspects of this L.A. story. Tom Lasorda, the vocal manager of the Dodgers, gives an up-close view of the team’s struggles and triumphs. Tom Fallon, a suburban small-business owner, witnesses the Dodgers’ season and the changes to California’s landscape – physical, social, political, and economic. Tom Wolfe, a chronicler of California’s ever-changing culture, views the events of 1977-78 from his Manhattan writers’ loft. And Tom Bradley, former Los Angeles mayor and the region’s most dominant political figure of that era, gives a glimpse of the wider political, demographic and economic forces that affected the state at the time. The “Boys in Blue” drew baseball’s focus in those two seasons, but the intertwining narratives tell a larger story about California, late 1970s America, and great promise unrealized. Michael Fallon is a writer on arts and culture based in Minnesota. He is also the author of Creating the Future: Art and Los Angeles in the 1970s. Fallon’s books will be available for sale and signing following the presentation. Co-sponsored by the Baseball Reliquary.

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