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Dodgers Foundation, Kershaw’s Challenge announce partnership to refurbish Jackie Robinson Stadium, construct Field 32 in Compton

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) and Kershaw’s Challenge today announced a partnership to refurbish Jackie Robinson Stadium and construct a new “Field 42” at Gonzales Park in the City of Compton. The project, which was unveiled earlier today during Jackie Robinson Day ceremonies at Dodger Stadium, will commemorate the 100th birthday of Jackie Robinson. Construction will begin later this year on Dodgers Dreamfields 52 and 53, which will continue LADF’s commitment to build 75 Dodgers Dreamfields by the 75th anniversary of the Dodgers’ move to Los Angeles in 2033.

“Jackie Robinson Day is always a special day in Los Angeles, and it’s hard to think of a better way to honor his legacy and celebrate his centennial birthday than by increasing access to youth baseball and softball in Compton,” said Nichol Whiteman, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation CEO. “The Gonzales Park Dodgers Dreamfields, renovating Jackie Robinson Stadium and building ‘Field 42,’ are large-scale projects, and we couldn’t do it without the support of Clayton and Ellen Kershaw and Kershaw’s Challenge. We’re grateful to have such amazing partners for this project, and look forward to continued joint ventures in the future.”

This marks the third Dodgers Dreamfield location that Clayton and Ellen Kershaw have supported along with the universally accessible field at Baldwin Hills Recreation Center and the 50th Dreamfield at Algin Sutton Recreation Center. In addition to the commitment of Kershaw’s Challenge, Clayton Kershaw will help give a lucky fan the ultimate Dodgers gameday experience and raise funds for the project through a sweepstakes, which includes a game of catch with the left-hander, roundtrip airfare to Los Angeles and a four-star hotel accommodation, a pregame tour and batting practice experience, a Kershaw autographed baseball and two tickets in the Lexus Dugout Club. All proceeds from the sweepstakes will go towards the completion of the Gonzales Park Dodgers Dreamfields, and more details on how to win this once in a lifetime experience can be found at Dodgers.com/win.

“The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation sets the bar high for exceptional service to our city. We are proud to consider them our close friends and co-laborers in finding unique ways to reach underserved children and families,” said Clayton and Ellen Kershaw. “The Dodgers Dreamfields program in particular aligns with our love for the game of baseball and our desire to see more kids engage in the opportunity. It is an honor to officially join hands with LADF as one of our 2019 Kershaw’s Challenge beneficiaries. We believe in their work and we love their team. This year, Kershaw’s Challenge will seek to lead the charge on two new Dreamfields in the Compton area. We look forward to providing funding and exposure to the great work of LADF through these new fields. As we have seen with Kershaw’s Challenge for the past 10 seasons, it takes a village of like-minded organizations to create lasting change. We are thrilled to make this change happen with our friends at the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation.”

The renovation of Jackie Robinson Stadium will reenergize the site and create a welcoming environment through upgrades to the field, outfield fence, dugouts, scoreboard, backstop, lighting, bathrooms/locker room facilities and spectator viewing areas. The new “Field 42” will serve youth ages 5-12 and enhance the playing experience for baseball and softball players in the area with a new large LED scoreboard, windscreens on the outfield wall, an enclosed batting cage and a new irrigation and watering system to ensure that the field stays ready for play well into the future.

The Gonzales Park Dodgers Dreamfields help fulfill the vision of Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) founder the late John Young, as he strove to attract more youth to the sport of baseball/softball and create a state-of-the-art sports facility in the City of Compton. With a youth population of over 10,000 and a poverty level of 26.6% in the area, these fields will help increase park access and contribute positively to community outcomes. The site is expected to serve 360 youth this spring in the first season of Dodgers RBI at Gonzales Park this spring.

About the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation

Founded in 1995, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) is the official team charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers. An award-winning leader in sports-based youth development, LADF harnesses the power of the Dodger brand, and a passionate fan base, to significantly impact underserved youth in some of the most challenged neighborhoods of Los Angeles. With a focus on Sports + Recreation, Education + Literacy, and Health + Wellness, LADF administers direct programs serving youth and communities at large and provides grants to local nonprofit organizations. With a bigger than baseball mentality, LADF is focused on finding innovative ways to create opportunities for children through programs that engage with kids in sports, helps kids stay active and promote academic success. With the support of partners, stakeholders and fans, LADF produces incredible results on fields, in classrooms and at recreation centers, creating Major League Communities.

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation envisions a city where every young Angeleno, in every neighborhood can thrive.

Visit LADF online at www.dodgers.com/ladf, follow them on Twitter, @DodgersFdn, Instagram @dodgersfoundation and like them on Facebook at /LosAngelesDodgersFoundation.

About Kershaw’s Challenge

Started in 2011, today Kershaw’s Challenge seeks to serve vulnerable and at-risk children, living in Los Angeles, Dallas, Zambia and the Dominican Republic. Their goal is to partner with and work alongside organizations on projects to make life better for children.

For more information, please visit: https://www.kershawschallenge.com/.Read more: 

Forest Whitaker Appearance

Academy Award Winning actor and philanthropist Forest Whitaker and Harlan Werner following Forest’s appearance at Star Wars Celebration.

Kershaw’s Challenge 2019

Alden Ehrenreich’s first ever private signing

Alden Ehrenreich and SPS founder Harlan Werner, at Alden’s first ever private signing. It was an incredible and enjoyable day spent with a really nice person.

Greatest Broadcaster of all time, Vin Scully



Today was a historical signing day with the Greatest Broadcaster of all time, Vin Scully and SPS founder Harlan Werner. Thanks for the wonderful stories Vin.

Teri Hatcher Liverpool Comic-Con

Congrats Alfonso Cuarón!

The family of Howard Bingham would like to congratulate Alfonso Cuarón and team, for your 3 Oscar Wins for Roma!

Cuarón has won the Oscar for best director, best cinematography and best foreign language film at the 91st Academy Awards for Roma.

Alden Ehrenreich Signs Exclusive Autograph Agreement

Alden Ehrenreich has signed an exclusive deal with Nick Cordasco of Authentic Signings, Inc. and Harlan J. Werner of Sports Placement Service. Ehrenreich has granted both companies exclusive rights to create memorabilia from SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY that he will personally sign within this coming year. “The fans deserve authentic signatures.” said Ehrenreich. ” These in-person signings will help prevent counterfeit items from entering the collectables arena which are present at most conventions.

Harlan Werner along with his partner, Nick Cordasco are honored to enter into this agreement with Mr. Ehrenreich. This becomes one of the most significant deals within the Star Wars memorabilia industry and we look forward to offering a complete line of limited and licensed product over the coming months,” Werner said.

The Family of Howard Bingham would like to congratulate Alfonso Cuarón on the worldwide success of his film, Roma

Dustin Bingham, Harlan Werner & Bingham Estate Uncover Rare Photos & Footage


NEWS PROVIDED BYRiccardo Romani & Robusto Films, Dustin Bingham, Harlan Werner 

Jun 27, 2017, 14:00 ET

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LOS ANGELES, June 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — They say every photo tells a story.

The late photographer Howard L. Bingham took over three million photos and most of them never left the protection of his home in South Central Los Angeles.

Bingham was known as Muhammad Ali’s best friend and personal photographer.  Everywhere Ali went, Howard was at this side.  The two friends had great adventures and traveled the world.

With Howard’s passing, his son Dustin Bingham, the Executor of the Howard L. Bingham Photographic Trust, along with sports agent Harlan Werner, have uncovered rare photographs and film footage in the archive Howard created during his long career.

The Howard L. Bingham Photographic Trust, Dustin Bingham and Harlan Werner have entered into an agreement with journalist and human rights activist Riccardo Romani along with his friend and partner, the iconic film Director Alfonso Cuarón, under the umbrella of Robusto Films to produce and develop projects around Bingham’s photos and recordings.

“Howard’s camera documented many of pop culture’s greatest subjects, along with many of the most important social issues and events in the past 50 years,” said Romani. “I feel the urgency to tell his very current story, it will give the people the opportunity to look at his history in a new way. Bingham protected his friends like Muhammad Ali, the same way he protected his images. Howard was everywhere, he knew everyone, yet he was a very genuine person with a smile that always lit up the room.

“We are excited about the partnership with Riccardo, Alfonso and Robusto Films,” said Dustin Bingham.  “It’s exciting seeing this new work that my father had tucked away all these years.  He was truly a special person and we look forward to what Riccardo and Alfonso will bring to this partnership.”

“Howard L. Bingham was truly an icon in the world of photography,” said Werner.  “The relationships and people he touched all over the world are truly evident in the new work we have uncovered.”

SOURCE Riccardo Romani & Robusto Films, Dustin Bingham, Harlan Werner

Happy 83rd Birthday Sandy!

REMEMBERING SANDY KOUFAX ON HIS 83RD BIRTHDAY

Posted by Brian Robitaille via https://www.dodgersnation.com | Dec 30, 2018 | Editorials | 18 

Remembering Sandy Koufax on his 83rd Birthday

“I never saw those old-timers, but he must have the greatest stuff of any pitcher in history.” – Phillies pitcher Ray Culp, talking about Sandy Koufax in 1964.

Today, Sandy Koufax will be celebrating his 83rd birthday. Considered not only one of the greatest Dodgers players ever, but one of the greatest players in baseball history, Koufax’s legacy still endures today. Many believe he’s the greatest left-handed pitcher of all-time, and could have possibly been the greatest starting pitcher period if not due to a career cut short by injuries.

Fans can still spot Koufax at an occasional Dodgers game. He’s always interacting with players, particularly the guy who many see as a reincarnation of Sandy, Clayton Kershaw. In a franchise rich with great Hall of Fame players, Koufax’s name will appear at the top of most “Greatest Dodgers Ever” lists, and rightfully so.

So, what better time to reflect on Koufax’s outstanding career than on his 83th birthday?

“I can see how he won twenty-five games. What I don’t understand is how he lost five.” – Yankees catcher Yogi Berra on Koufax’s 25-5 record in 1963.

Koufax’s five year stretch from 1962-1966 was one of the most dominant you’ll ever see from a starting pitcher. During that span, he compiled a 111-34 record, a 1.95 ERA, and 1,444 strikeouts. Just ridiculous numbers.

Koufax won the Cy Young award in 1963, 1965, and 1966, becoming the only pitcher to win the award unanimously three different times. He also won the pitchers Triple Crown (first in Wins, Strikeouts, ERA) in each of those three seasons, an MLB record. His 1963 year earned him the league MVP as well.

Keep in mind, before 1967, the Cy Young award was only given to one pitcher in baseball, not one in each league. Koufax wasn’t just winning those awards because he was the best pitcher in his respective league, but the best pitcher in the game. One could even argue that Koufax might have been the reason for the rule change considering he was winning the Cy Young year after year. Perhaps MLB thought if they didn’t change the rule, no other pitcher would have a shot to win while Koufax was around.

Koufax became the first pitcher (and still one of only two) to throw four no-hitters in his career, with one of them being a historic perfect game in 1965. He’s one of only four Hall of Fame pitchers with more strikeouts than innings pitched, and he was selected to six straight All-Star games. Opposing hitters have the lowest OPS against him than any other pitcher in the modern era, and when he retired, his 9.28 K/9 was tops in baseball history.

The accolades could go on and on.

Koufax was also clutch in the postseason, winning two World Series MVPs.  In 1965, he famously choose not to pitch in Game 1 of the World Series because it fell on the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur. Instead, he would go on to pitch games 2, 5, and 7, throwing 2 shutouts, including the game 7 clincher in which he gave up only 3 hits and struck out 10 – all while pitching on two days’ rest.

 “Trying to hit him was like trying to drink coffee with a fork.” – Pirates 1st baseman Willie Stargell on facing Koufax.

One of the key aspects to evaluating Koufax’s career was how brief it was. Looking back at athletes who retired way too soon, his name tops almost any list. At only 30 years old, he developed severe tendentious in his throwing elbow was forced to retire after the 1966 season.

In his last year, Koufax started (41) and won (27) more games than he ever had in his career, and put up his lowest career ERA, at 1.73. He also led the league with a 2.07 FIP and 317 strikeouts. It was one of his best years ever, yet it would be his last.

Six years later, at 36 years old, Koufax would become the youngest player inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame.

In his last few years, Koufax pitched through constant pain and discomfort. He had to receive regular cortisone shots to relieve the pain in his elbow. Before the start of his final season, he was told that his days were numbered due to his injury, but he still went out and had another typical Sandy Koufax year.

Who knows what an additional six or seven healthy seasons could have meant for Koufax’s career numbers. If they were anything like his last six though, the whole debate about possibly being the best pitcher to ever toe the rubber, might not be such a debate at all.

 “There are two times in my life the hair on my arms has stoop up:  The first time I saw the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and the first time I saw Sandy Koufax throw a fastball.” – Dodgers scout Al Campanis.

As someone who has seen the Sistine Chapel, and all of its magnificence, I still somehow suspect that above quote isn’t exaggerated all too much. Baseball history was forever altered when Sandy Koufax first put on a Dodgers uniform and took the mound. Fans of baseball everywhere should take a moment to celebrate his greatness, and remember all he has meant to the game.

Happy birthday, Sandy.