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Friday, March 28, 2014
7:00 PM—10:00 PM

Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game Upper Level Members' Preview Reception


Upper Level Members are invited to join us to celebrate the opening of the Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game exhibition.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Exhibition Opening

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Saturday, May 10, 2014
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturdays: Take Me Out to the Ball Game

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Bring out the whole family for baseball-themed fun that will sure to be a home run! In celebration for the new Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game exhibition.

11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.: Join Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game curators, Mark Langill (Dodgers Publications Editor & Team Historian) and Koji Steven Sakai (JANM Programs Manager) on a family-friendly gallery tour. Sign up early! 30 participants max.

•11:30 a.m./1 p.m./2:30 p.m.: We’re screening the The Jackie Robinson Story (1950) where Jackie Robinson plays himself in this biographical film of his journey to becoming the first African American Major League Baseball player in the "modern era."

2 p.m.: Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month and Mother’s Day weekend with a poetry reading about mothers, family, community, and history. In partnership with Kundiman and Kaya Press. Program will take place in the Tateuchi Democracy Forum.

All Day Activities:
•Try your arm at baseball carnival games like Milk Can Toss and other fun games.

•Dust off your old (and new) baseball cards and memorabilia and bring them in to be appraised by Valley Sports Cards, Memorabilia & Picture Framing to find out what they’re worth! They will also accept submissions for Beckett Grading or Global Autograph Authentication at an additional price. See below for details. Baseball items will be available for sale.

•Decorate a baseball cap to wear to your next game!

•Make a baseball paper puppet to cheer for your favorite team.

•Ruthie's Origami Corner: Learn how to make a Mother's Day card with Ruthie!

Special Event:
Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center + Flickr invite all professional and amateur photojournalists and filmmakers to participate in the nationwide event, A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America on May 10th by taking photographs and shooting videos about Asian Pacific American life. Check here for details.

Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.


Valley Sports Cards, Memorabilia & Picture Framing Since 1981 Valley Sports Cards has been located at 19640 Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana just east of Corbin. Come in for supplies and don't forget about our professional custom framing for your memorabilia! From single cards, complete sets, unopened boxes and packs, vintage & current cards, supplies, and custom framing, Valley Sports Cards has it all. Visit our website at or call 818.705.2255 for any questions about pricing and terms of the Beckett Grading or Global Autograph Authentication services.

Kundiman is dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American poetry. Kundiman creates an affirming and rigorous space where Asian American poets can explore, through art, the unique challenges that face the new and ever changing diaspora. We see the arts as a tool of empowerment, of education and liberation, of addressing proactively what legacy we will leave for our future generations as individuals and as a community.

Kaya Press
Kaya Press is a group of dedicated writers, artists, readers, and lovers of books working together to publish the most challenging, thoughtful, and provocative literature being produced throughout the Asian and Pacific Island diasporas. We believe that people’s lives can be changed by literature that pushes us past expectations and out of our comfort zone. We believe in the contagious potential of creativity combined with the means of production.

Check out our other fun and free Family Festivals!

Saturday, May 10, 2014
11:30 AM

Dodgers Gallery Talk

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11:30 A.M. & 1 P.M.

Curators Mark Langill and Koji Steven Sakai will lead a family-friendly gallery tour through Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game, giving the insider scoop about the exhibition and how it was put together. Mark Langill is the Dodgers Publications Editor & Team Historian. Koji Steven Sakai is the Programs Manager at the Japanese American National Museum.

RSVP early, 30 participants max.

Saturday, May 17, 2014
2:00 PM

Nikkei Baseball by Samuel Regalado


Author Samuel Regalado will talk about his book and the history and importance of baseball in the Japanese American community. In the book, he explores key historical factors such as Meji-era modernization policies in Japan, American anti-Asian sentiments, internment during WWII, the postwar transition, economic and educational opportunities in the 1960s, the developing concept of a distinct “Asian American” identity, and Japanese Americans’ rise to the major leagues with star players including Lenn Sakata and Kurt Suzuki and even mangers such as the Seattle Mariners’ Don Wakamatsu.

Purchase the book from the Museum Store >>

Saturday, July 12, 2014
11:30 AM

Dodgers Gallery Talk

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11:30 A.M. & 1 P.M.

Curators Mark Langill and Koji Steven Sakai will lead a family-friendly gallery tour through Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game, giving the insider scoop about the exhibition and how it was put together. Mark Langill is the Dodgers Publications Editor & Team Historian. Koji Steven Sakai is the Programs Manager at the Japanese American National Museum.

RSVP early, 30 participants max.

Saturday, July 26, 2014
2:00 PM

Dodgers Panel Discussion


Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game curator Mark Langill (Dodgers Team Historian & Publications Editor) will moderate a panel which includes Margaret Narumi (NHK Producer), Tomas Benitez (Baseball Reliquary), Steve Han (KoreAm Journal) and Eric Dearborn (Baseball Photographer) in a discussion about Hideo Nomo, Fernando Valenzuela, Jackie Robinson, and Chan Ho Park.

RSVP encouraged.


Mark Langill is the Team Historian and Publications Editor of the Los Angeles Dodgers. A member of the front office since 1994, Langill previously covered the ballclub for the Pasadena Star-News from 1989 to 1993. The Cal State Northridge graduate has written five books about the team, including Game of My Life: Dodgers.


Margaret Narumi was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Los Angeles during kindergarden. She graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor's in Political Science, and, pursued a Master's in Political Science at Waseda University in Tokyo. While at Waseda, she interpreted for the U.S.-Japan Collegiate Championships, her first taste of baseball, and, upon returning back to Los Angeles, joined NHK, Japan's sole public broadcaster. She currently covers MLB broadcasts and is a Producer for NHK Cosmomedia America.

Tomas Benitez was born and raised in East LA. He has been an arts and cultural advocate for nearly forty years, working mostly in community settings and non-profit organizations. He is Chairman of the Board of the Latino Arts Network, and is a former commissioner with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. He is a contributing writer and founding member of the Baseball Reliquary’s Latino Baseball History Project, a study of the Latino experience in America through the lens of baseball.

Steve Han is a sportswriter for the nationally circulated English-language Korean American magazine KoreAm Journal and South Korea's largest circulated sports daily newspaper Sports Chosun. He has written cover stories on L.A. Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu and Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo for KoreAm while working as a Dodgers beat writer for Sports Chosun.

Eric Dearborn is the current team photographer for the Dodgers’-affiliated minor league baseball team, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Apart from being an expert on baseball history, he is also a model and actor who has appeared on shows such as All My Children, CSI Miami and ads for Gap, Old Navy, Tommy Hilfiger, Aeropostale, Abercrombie & Fitch and many more.

Saturday, September 6, 2014
2:00 PM

A Chat with Tommy Lasorda and Scott Akasaki


Scott Akasaki, the Dodgers’ Director of Team Travel, will engage former team manager and Hall-of-Famer Tommy Lasorda in an intimate discussion of Lasorda’s role as a baseball ambassador to Japan and other countries.

Lasorda began his career as a major league player before moving on to a storied lifelong association with the Dodgers as coach, manager, and finally executive. Akasaki has served as Dodgers’ Director of Team Travel for ten seasons and was the first Asian American to be named to the post in Major League history.


Pre-sale: $16 members, $20 non-members. Purchase pre-sale tickets by clicking the link below.

At Door: $20 members, $24 non-members. Cash only.


Photo Credit: Los Angeles Dodgers

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dodgers Exhibition Closing


Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game closes.

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