Pasadena Public Library kicks off their summer 2022 One City, One Story community reading celebration with a conversation with Eric Nusbaum, author of Stealing Home, Los Angeles, the Dodgers and the Lives Caught in Between, Saturday, June 25, at 3 p.m. in the Robinson Park Community Room, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena. Nusbaum will discuss his experiences writing this book. A question-and-answer session will immediately follow. The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available surrounding the venue.
2022 marks the 20th anniversary of One City, One Story at the Pasadena Public Library. Each selection shares the common goal: engaging our diverse community in meaningful conversations that promote tolerance and understanding of different points of view.
The One City, One Story Summer Edition, Stealing Home, Los Angeles, the Dodgers and the Lives Caught in Between is a story about baseball, family, the American Dream, and the fight to turn Los Angeles into a big-league city.
Dodger Stadium is an American icon. But the story of how it came to be goes far beyond baseball. The hills that cradle the stadium were once home to three vibrant Mexican American communities. In the early 1950s, those communities were condemned to make way for a “utopian” public housing project. Then, in a remarkable turn, public housing in the city was defeated amidst a Red Scare conspiracy.
Instead of getting their homes back, the remaining residents saw the City sell their land to Walter O'Malley, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Now Los Angeles would be getting a different sort of utopian fantasy -- a glittering, ultra-modern stadium.
But before Dodger Stadium could be built, the City would have to face down the neighborhood's families -- including one, the Aréchigas, who refused to yield their home. The ensuing confrontation captivated the nation - and the divisive outcome still echoes through Los Angeles today.
Nusbaum is a writer and former editor at VICE. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, The Daily Beast, Deadspin, and the Best American Sports Writing anthology. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he has also lived and worked in Mexico City, New York and Seattle. He now lives in Tacoma, Washington with his family.
Copies of the books are available for checkout from the Library in eBook, eAudio, or print format. For more information on One City, One Story and a list of accompanying programs visit https://www.cityofpasadena.net/library/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2022-06-Summer-Reading.pdf or call (626) 744-7076.