Brotherhood of the Game

From their original roots in Brooklyn to today’s home in Los Angeles, the Dodgers are trailblazers in the world of sports, on and off the field. Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game explored the team’s storied past through four players and a Hall of Fame manager, each of whom made history in his own right: Jackie Robinson, Fernando Valenzuela, Chan Ho Park, Hideo Nomo, and Tommy Lasorda. These video profiles were produced for the exhibition.

 

Bobby Castillo & Fernando Valenzuela

Few know that Los Angeles Dodgers All Star pitcher Fernando Valenzuela learned his signature pitch—the screwball—from his teammate Bobby Castillo, who hails from East Los Angeles. 

Produced by Akira Boch, John Esaki, and Evan Kodani
2014
6 minutes

 

Tommy Lasorda

Tommy Lasorda managed the Dodgers for 20 seasons and won two championships. He loves the Dodgers so much that he even wants to work for them when he’s “dead and gone.”

Produced by Akira Boch, John Esaki, and Evan Kodani
2014
2 minutes

 

Chan Ho Park

Chan Ho Park arrived in Los Angeles in 1992. His excellence on the field and generosity off of it helped lift the spirits of the local Korean American community during a challenging time in the City of Los Angeles’ history.    

Produced by Akira Boch, John Esaki, and Evan Kodani
2014
4 minutes

 

Hideo Nomo

Hideo Nomo arrived in America without a major league contract, but in his first season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, he was named the starting pitcher for the All-Star game and Rookie of the Year. He ultimately led the way for numerous other Japanese baseball players to find success in the United States.    

Produced by Akira Boch, John Esaki, and Evan Kodani
2014
4 minutes

 

Jackie Robinson

By breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball and thriving in the sport, Jackie Robinson not only impacted the future of baseball, but American civil rights. He influenced and inspired countless lives in the process.

Produced by Akira Boch, John Esaki, and Evan Kodani
2014
6 minutes

 

Q&A livestreamed on July 10, 2020, with the Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game exhibition co-curators—Dodgers’ team historian Mark Langill and Koji Steven Sakai—moderated by Chris Komai. They discussed the impact of Hideo Nomo on Major League Baseball, what it was like for him, and what his success meant in Japan and to Japanese Americans. They will also talk about the enduring legacies of the other featured individuals.

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