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Library to display exhibition of baseball memorabilia: The Baseball Reliquary presents "Bad Moon Rising: Baseball and the Summer of '68," an exhibition chronicling the extraordinary baseball season of 1968, which began today and runs through Sept, 27 at the Burbank Central Library (110 N. Glenoaks Blvd.).
The display is played out against the backdrop of one of the most divisive and turbulent years in American history, marked by national tragedy and sweeping change. The exhibition is based on Tim Wendel's book, "Summer of '68: The Season That Changed Baseball — and America — Forever," published earlier this year by Da Capo Press.
The exhibition utilizes photographs, artifacts and documents to illustrate key elements of Wendel's research. Much of the signage, including captions for photographs, is excerpted from the book.
In the preface to "Summer of '68: The Season That Changed Baseball — and America — Forever," Wendel writes: "In 1968, the gods were angry. It's been called 'the year that rocked the world,' and it rarely showed any mercy. How else to describe a single year in which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed by an assassin's bullet and weeks later Robert Kennedy met the same fate? In which riots broke out in the streets in cities across the country, and millions gathered to protest the issues surrounding the
Among the topics examined in the displays are the record-setting achievements of pitchers such as
It also delves into baseball's reaction to the assassinations of King and Kennedy, and the refusal of some players to take the field when baseball Commissioner William Eckert decided not to postpone all games during the national day of mourning for Kennedy.
Also covered is the classic
The 18th and final major league season for
Even political activist Tom Hayden, one of the infamous Chicago Seven charged with conspiracy and inciting to riot at the
In conjunction with the exhibition, "Bad Moon Rising: Baseball and the Summer of '68," the Baseball Reliquary and he Burbank Public Library will present a discussion and book signing with Tim Wendel. Wendel will also narrate a PowerPoint presentation of images from the book.
Tim Wendel is the author of nine books, including "High Heat," "Far From Home," "Red Rain" and "Castro's Curveball." A founding editor of
The program and exhibition are both free.
Tubert earns academic accolade: Burroughs High graduate Emily Tubert, along with
It is Tubert's second selection to the coaches association team. The criteria for selection to the academic team is among the most challenging in college athletics, and includes a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.50.
"I'm a firm believer that academic success is an indicator of athletic success in golf and these three young women are perfect examples of that,"
Tubert, who wrapped her sophomore season in the spring, a campaign that included her second All-America and
The team leader with a 72.50 stroke average, Tubert played in 10 tournaments with a low round of 68 and 14 rounds of par or better last season. The former Leader All-Area Female Athlete of the Year and two-time All-Area Girls' Golfer of the Year is a broadcast journalism major.