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Monday, February 21, 2011

LA DODGERS GREATS MAKE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY HISTORY

DISCOVERING OUR VALLEY              2011                   Northridge100

 Legendary pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1949 - 1951) (1954 - 1958) Don Newcomb arrives at the Northridge "Filed of Dreams" event - February 2011 - (click on image to enlarge) Photo by Gerald Fecht for the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley.

 Fernando Valenzuela and Sweet Lou Johnson prepare for the dedication of the Northridge "Field of Dreams". "Sweet Lou played for the Dodger from 1965 to 1967.

Because I'm out and about so much working on making The Museum of the San Fernando Valley a reality for today and future generations, I often make my appointments do "double duty" by setting aside time after my meetings to explore more of the Valley. Last week Scott Sterling, who is working on The Museum's Narrating Lives, Oral Histories of the San Fernando Valley and I met with leaders of CSUN faculty about public art for the greater Northridge community.
As I drove Scott to his office, he mentioned that there was a dedication of a LA Dodgers Field of Dreams going on in Northridge Park. While I didn't have time to stary for the whole event, here are a couple of photos that I snapped of the history-making event. (Who wants to bet that the children there will remember seeing Dodgers stars for years to come.)
 Fernando Valenzuela, number 34, is one of the most loved of Dodger alumni. He pitched for LA from 1980 to 1990. Today is a radio commentator for the Dodgers Spanish language broadcasts.

 It was hard to distinguish who was more excited about seeing the Dodgers, their parents or the kids.

Councilman Greig Smith, who is in his last days on the Los Angeles City Council with Dodgers legend Fernando Valenzuela 2011.

3 comments:

Francis1 said...

That is the best

California Girl said...

This is just awesome! Thank you. I am a life long die hard Dodger fan, no matter what stadium I'm in. Newcomb is before my time but Fernando? He was just incredible. He made the Mexican community proud, didn't he?

Shirley said...

Fernando was the BEST! We lived in Northern California when he started with the Dodgers. We loved going to Giants Stadium and seeing the sea of Dodger Blue cheering for Fernando.