‘Jackie Robinson Memorial Freeway’ measure heads to California State Senate.

A measure that would rename a portion of the 210 Freeway in Pasadena the “Jackie Robinson Memorial Freeway” passed the California House of Representatives this week and is now before the state senate.

Robinson grew up in Pasadena before playing baseball for UCLA and the Brooklyn Dodgers.

“Jackie Robinson is not only an inspiring figure to us for his accomplishments in athletics, but also as a civil-rights-era trailblazer who advocated for social change,” said Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), the author of ACR 197. “His contributions to baseball and society have made an everlasting impression on our nation.”

The measure, joint authored by Assemblyman Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), would create the Jackie Robinson Memorial Highway” on Interstate 210 between State Route 2 and Orange Grove Blvd.

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Sports Museum of Los Angeles re-opens this weekend.

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.

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Why “Vin Scully Avenue” might not be official in time for the Dodgers’ home opener.

Vin Scully Way

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.
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Learn about sports photography from the Dodgers’ team photographer.

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.

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