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Monday, August 31, 2009

SF Weekly Bugs Library To House Giants-Related Exhibit. Good News! It Was Already On Its Way.

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 8:59 AM

click to enlarge Jon Leonoudakis prior to 'The Earthquake Game' in 1989
  • Jon Leonoudakis prior to 'The Earthquake Game' in 1989
Earlier this month, SF Weekly noticed a sports-centric exhibit commemorating the Giants-Dodgers rivalry being shown in enemy territory at the Burbank Public Library. We vowed to hit up the San Francisco Public and wheedle them into hosting this exhibit. And we lived up to our pledge.

It turns out, however, that the San Francisco Public Library was one step ahead of us. A portion of the Giants-centric exhibit is already slated to grace the Main Library. And yet -- a portion is not. We're working on that. But good news first.

By the time SF Weekly began hassling the library, folks here had already agreed to host an Oct. 14 showing of 5:04 p.m.: A First Hand Account of the 1989 World Series Earthquake Game, a documentary made by native San Franciscan Jon Leonoudakis using his own footage from 20 years back.

Leonoudakis literally grew up at Candlestick Park; his family ran the south parking lot and, from about 1970-75 he was waving cars through the gate for Giants and 49ers games. Oct. 17, 1989 was the Giants fan's first, last, and only chance to watch his team play in the World Series. The Loma Prieta earthquake ensured that didn't happen -- but, 20 years down the road, his VHS and film footage did result in this documentary.

The lifelong San Francisco fan has lived in Los Angeles since 1976. When asked how he can stand it, he replied, immediately, "It's tough!"

The other portion of the Burbank exhibition -- a series of Giants-Dodgers paintings and ephemera -- is not yet slated to show in the San Francisco Public Library. That collection, titled Love to Hate: The Dodgers-Giants Rivalry was amassed by Mary and Terry Cannon of Pasadena, who run "The Baseball Reliquary" out of their home.

We forwarded them the San Francisco Public Library's 13-question form for potential exhibits. Mary Cannon noted that San Francisco's rules are far stricter than any she's encountered in Southern California: "You usually just talk to a librarian, arrange a date and they say bring your stuff over. The only think you ever sign is a liability release form basically indemnifying the library from a lawsuit if anything gets stolen." 

Why are we not surprised?

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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