The Sports Museum of Los Angeles [map] will re-open to the general public on weekends only beginning this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Gary Cypres’ extensive personal collection is a treasure in the collecting world. Read a feature that colleague Tom Hoffarth wrote about it here. The public re-opening — it had been open for private events only for years — includes a special treat for Dodger fans.
From a press release:
SMLA’s re-opening will feature the incomparable “Dodgers Collection,” featuring thousands of items from the team’s birth in Brooklyn in 1890 to the current team.
SMLA houses the largest and broadest-known collection of iconic sports memorabilia and collectibles in the world. Conveniently located at Main St. and Washington Blvd., just south of downtown Los Angeles and just 1.2 miles east of STAPLES Center and LA LIVE, SMLA is in the mecca of Southern California sports. The 32,000 square foot museum contains more than 10,000 prized pieces valued in the millions of dollars collected during a 30-year period by founder and CEO Gary Cypres and housed in 30 galleries.
The permanent exhibits feature items dating to the 19th Century and include one-of-a-kind pieces from football, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, boxing, biking, soccer and other sports. Future exhibits at SMLA will include those featuring the Rams, college and pro football collections and a baseball icon Babe Ruth collection. SMLA includes a hall to host private parties.
DENVER — An hour and a half before a home game, the Dodgers will typically be indoors working out, relaxing, eating, or meeting. Tuesday they will be signing autographs.
A general view of a street sign honoring Vin Scully and Duke Snider at the former Holman Stadium in Vero Beach, Florida in 1998. (L.A. Daily News file photo)
It’s been a while since I reported on the renaming of Elysian Park Avenue after Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully. Here’s a quick update.
If you’ve seen a photograph on the Dodgers’ website, or in the pages of the monthly magazine sold to fans at Dodger Stadium, or on the team’s social media accounts, you know Jon SooHoo. He’s the official team photographer, and has been embedded in the Dodger Stadium dugout with a camera since Randy Johnson was an Expo.
SooHoo and Matt Brown, the Angels’ team photographer, will be sharing the tricks of their trade at an upcoming event in Los Angeles. “Behind the Lens: Southern California Baseball Photography with Jon SooHoo & Matt Brown” is a two-hour seminar geared toward beginners looking to learn more about sports photography. The cost is a mere $5. Brown and SooHoo will be presenting about 10 photos and talking about the story behind the shots. I saw some of SooHoo’s photos yesterday. Each shot featured someone so random, it had me thinking “no way, is that … ?” There should be some good stories.
For more information about the event, click here.
Fernando Valenzuela became a household name in Los Angeles many years before he became a United States citizen. When he did take a test and an oath and join about 8,000 others at a naturalization ceremony at the Los Angeles Convention Center last summer, Valenzuela did something he never could at Dodger Stadium: He blended in.
Now, Valenzuela is in the spotlight again. The retired pitcher and current Dodgers broadcaster joined Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti and León Rodríguez, Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, on a conference call Thursday to stress the importance of citizenship. Valenzuela is officially a “Presidential Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization,” the public face of a nationwide movement to encourage legal permanent residents, especially from Mexico, to apply for U.S. citizenship.
“I get to vote in my first presidential election,” Valenzuela said. “If anybody has a chance, an opportunity to be a citizen, why not? They can do it. It’s very important.”
The message is simple, but it may be powerful. Few names and faces are more recognizable in the local Mexican-American community than Valenzuela’s. On Friday, leaders from the civic and private sectors will convene in Los Angeles to further the goal of encouraging citizenship. Valenzuela’s involvement from this point forward isn’t clear, but for a day his message was.