Instead, the tardiness of this is inexcusable:
The Baseball Reliquary has a special screening tonight — the world premiere of Jon Leonoudakis’ 30-minute documentary, “5:04 p.m.: A First Person Account of the 1989 World Series Earthquake Game.
It’s 7 p.m., Burbank Central Library Auditorium (110 N. Glenoaks Blvd.) Admission is free.
The Baseball Reliquary synopsis:
This is the story of the 1989 World Series Earthquake Game, a first-hand account from Leonoudakis, a die-hard fan of the San Francisco Giants. A native of The City and a filmmaker by trade, Leonoudakis set out to document his once-in-a-lifetime experience at the World Series with a VHS camcorder and a still camera.
The tale starts out as a provincial experience involving two local baseball teams in the sport’s penultimate contest, as Leonoudakis interviews fans in the parking lot before the game. Then, in fifteen seconds, the story takes a radical left turn into chaos and tragedy, and explodes into an historical and international event.
And standing in the middle of it all is a baseball fan with a camera.
Twenty years later, Leonoudakis revisits the story with his own no-frills perspective as one who participated in the entire experience, from the pre-game excitement of October 17, 1989, the earthquake at the stadium, the intervening ten days before the game was resumed, and a return to Game Three on October 27.
Leonoudakis tells the story using his original video and stills along with local and national television news reports and photographs, taking viewers on a visceral journey back in time to the fateful day.
Here’s a week’s advanced notice on the next Baseball Reliquary event:
== Title: “Love To Hate: The Dodgers-Giants Rivalry”
== When: Monday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m.
== Where: Burbank Central Library Audition
== Guest pannel: Ross Porter, Arnold Hano and Jean Hastings Ardell.
Porter, the former Dodgers broadcaster, and Hano, a noted author, will share their recollections of the Dodgers-Giants rivalry, with Ardell as the moderator. Admission is free and open to the public.
Hano grew up in New York and graduated from Long Island University in 1941 with a degree in English and Journalism. He worked for the New York Daily News until his enlistment in the Army. After World War II, Hano’s prolific writing career moved into high gear, highlighted by biographies of Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax, and Roberto Clemente and many marvelous baseball stories and portraits published in Sport magazine. Hano’s “A Day in the Bleachers,” his classic book about the first game of the 1954 World Series between the New York Giants and Cleveland Indians, is considered one of the masterpieces of baseball literature and has been in print almost continuously for six decades.
Porter, ranked as one of baseball’s 60 all-time best announcers and is a member of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame after 38 uninterrupted years on the air in Los Angeles, did Dodgers games for 28 seasons (’77-’04).