Baseball Reliquary Exhibition at Burbank Central Library

Burbank, CA. - The Baseball Reliquary presents exhibitions highlighting the storied rivalry between the Dodgers and Giants and the 20th anniversary of the 1989 World Series Earthquake Game from August 10 - October 2, 2009 at the Burbank Central Library, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, California.

“Love to Hate: The Dodgers-Giants Rivalry” explores the longstanding and deep-seated rivalry between the players and fans of the Dodgers and Giants, which dates back to the late 19th century when both clubs were based in New York and which continued unabated after the teams moved to the West Coast following the 1957 season. “The emotions generated by the Dodger-Giant rivalry were very much like those surrounding a Holy War,” remarked baseball author Peter Golenbock. “If you loved the Dodgers, you despised the Giants. You couldn’t be neutral.”

On September 21st at 7:00pm, there will be a special panel discussion, Love to Hate: The Dodgers & Giants Rivalry. The panel discussion will include Arnold Hano and Ross Porter, and it will be moderated by Jean Hastings Ardell.

Paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould, a lifelong New York Giants fan, commented, “I hated the Dodgers with that love that only hatred can understand.” The display utilizes photographs, artifacts, memorabilia, and artworks by Michael Guccione, Greg Jezewski, and Stephen Seemayer to depict the intensity of the Dodgers-Giants rivalry and to examine the nature of that animosity.

“The Day the World Series Stopped” revisits the 1989 World Series Earthquake Game between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics, which marks its 20th anniversary on October 17, 2009. On that fateful day in 1989, at 5:04 p.m., a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit the San Francisco Bay Area, causing widespread damage and loss of life and forcing the cancellation of the third game of the World Series. With darkness descending on Candlestick Park, the people of the Bay Area began a journey into chaos, tragedy, and resurrection. The display utilizes objects and artifacts collected before and after the game by Giants fan Jon Leonoudakis, as well as original photographs taken shortly after the quake struck.

On September 14th at 7:00pm, Baseball Reliquary presents the world premiere screening of Jon Leonoudakis' 30-minute documentary, "5:04 p.m.: A First Person Account of the 1989 World Series Earthquake Game," in the Burbank Central Library Auditorium. There is no admission cost for this special event.

Library hours for the exhibitions are Monday - Thursday, 9:30 am-9:00 pm; Friday, 9:30 am - 6:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm; closed Sunday. For further information, phone the Baseball Reliquary at (626) 791-7647; for directions, phone the Burbank Central Library at (818) 238-5600.

The exhibitions and special programs at the Burbank Central Library are made possible, in part, by a grant to the Baseball Reliquary from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.