IN THE CAL: Pastime Goes Primetime

In California's Minor League

(30 images from the IN THE CAL book and exhibit)

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Table of Contents

IN THE CAL: book cover

Official Baseball: Cal League

Laundry detail: Visalia

Hauling equipment: Visalia

Hotel layover: Visalia

Road trip bus: Visalia

Dugout Dreaming: Visalia

Sunset @ Billy Hebert Field: Stockton

Bully the Bullpen Dog: Riverside

Father & Son: Reno

Long-time Fans: Modesto

Pregame autographs: Modesto

Peeking through the fence: Modesto

B-Dodger Fan: Bakersfield

Drysdale meets umpires: Visalia

Willie Banks Honored: Visalia

Dragin' the Infield: Modesto

Pregame Shagger: Salinas

Quake logo: Rancho Cucamonga

Maverick Pepper: High Desert

Practice Shoes: Stockton

Baseball Bug Mascot: San Bernardino

Inaugural Opening: Rancho Cucamonga

Licorice Vendor: San Bernardino

Baseball Bug Dance: San Bernardino

Card Stand: Palm Springs

Best Seat In The House: San Bernardino

Father and Son: Visalia

Epicenter Fireworks: Rancho Cucamonga

Sunset @ John Thurman Stadium: Modesto

Photographer & Author: Tammy Lechner


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All images presented in this slide show are published in the book: IN THE CAL: Pastime Goes Primetime In California's Minor League.

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About the exhibit project:

"IN THE CAL: Pastime Goes Primetime In California's Minor League," is derived from a photodocumentary book project exploring the simple aura and uncomplicated spirit of professional baseball at its most unspoiled professional level for both fans and players.

Photographed and written by freelance photojournalist Tammy Lechner, the project focuses on "The California League" (Class Single-A, minor league of 10 teams in California) and shows that the beauty of minor league baseball lies within its intimacy and accessibility.

Over the course of seven seasons documented by Lechner (1989-'94 & 2004) many young stars climbed the proverbial ladder and made it to the major league "show", but that was not her focus - she did not set out to find and follow the "star" players

Instead, Lechner's camera was in search of the unexpected, candid, natural moments that occur within and around the game of baseball at a grass roots level. Not the slide into second base or the winning run at home plate not the championship game or the all-star player but rather, the every day reality of minor league baseball pure and simple.

As change continues to come to the California League, with new stadiums and more sophisticated marketing of the game, Lechner's images remain to remind us of what life in the minor leagues was like once upon a time

Lechner returned to the California League in the summer of 2004 to update her original work (produced from 1989-'94) specifically for this exhibit at John Wayne Airport. She notes that over the span of these 15 years, her photography changed from black and white film, to color film to digital film. Meanwhile, change continues IN THE CAL as well a few new teams, new logos, new stadiums, and of course, players and major league affiliations that continue to change from season-to-season. Yet, the game of Single-A baseball and its purpose remain the same it is still the beginning of the professional baseball player's hopeful journey to the major leagues and it is still a daunting task to make it to the top of the sport. Statistics show that only 2 players out of every 25 advance successfully through all levels of the minors to the major leagues.

In addition to updating the project's content to reflect the California League of today as well as yesterday, Lechner was assisted by business partner Adrienne Helitzer (STILL Productions, Inc) in producing this show, and collecting memorabilia from Cal League fans and teams to add greater depth and reality to the exhibit. While the memorabilia on display is not intended to be a comprehensive collection of what exists, it is what was possible to gather together within a 2-month time frame.

As guest curator for the "IN THE CAL" exhibit, STILL Productions, Inc would like to acknowledge the following organizations and individuals whose contributions and efforts helped to make this presentation possible:

o Coordination of exhibit presentation:
Jeffrey Frisch, curator
John Wayne Airport Arts Program

o Sponsorship of exhibit update:
University Sports Press; publisher
The Dream Job: Sports Publicity, Promotion & Marketing

o California League Maps
graphic design by Carolyn Sanderson

o Digital printing by Easter Aquino
Pro Photo Connection, Irvine

o Framing by Mirage Frame, Santa Ana

o Major League caps
provided by Minor Leagues; Major Dreams
( Anaheim

o Memorabilia donations from:
The California League
Jon Peterson and Barbara Durell, Anaheim
John and Dottie Durell, Visalia
Randy and Leanne Harvey, Huntington Beach
Keith Elfstrom, Bakersfield
Chuck Sanders, San Bernardino
Crazy Dave, San Bernardino
Tammy Lechner is a founding partner of STILL Productions, Inc and produces photography, writing and editing for numerous editorial and corporate clients.
Prior to establishing STILL Productions with co-founder Adrienne Helitzer, Lechner was a staff photographer and weekend picture editor with the downtown edition of the Los Angeles Times (1987-1994).
Her documentation of minor league baseball in California resulted in several award-winning projects published in the LA Times from 1989-'94, and received merits of excellence from the California Press Association, the National Photographer's Press Association, the Society of Newspaper Design, and nomination by the Times as an entry in the 1994 Pulitzer Prize competition.
Before coming to the LA Times in 1987, Lechner was a staff photographer with the Louisville (KY) Courier Journal & Times (1984-87). In 1985, she was the Kentucky News Photographer of the Year and runner-up in 1986.
While on the staff of the Jackson (MI) Citizen-Patriot (1981-84) Lechner earned national recognition for a documentary project she produced about displaced Goodyear workers.
Lechner began her journalism career at the Glenwood Springs (CO) Post after graduating with a dual-sequence major in magazine writing/design and photojournalism from the University of Missouri's School of Journalism.
Born 1958, she is a native of Saugerties, NY, a small town in New York's Hudson Valley. Lechner resides in Laguna Beach, CA.