Sports night at Rood |

Sports night at Rood

The Union staff

Tonight is sports night at Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City, as a pair of California authors will captivate the crowd gathered in the Board Chambers with discussions on their respective books.

Kerry Yo Nakagawa, author of “Through A Diamond: 100 Years of Japanese Baseball” is the keynote speaker for this evening’s Author Night, slated to start at 6 p.m. Chris Terrence will also present his book “Bob Mathias: Across the Fields of Gold.”

Nakagawa’s book, which created a stir when it was spotlighted on ESPN, traces the history of Japanese American baseball from the early teams in Hawaii and California, which played games with the likes of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig during the barnstorming tours of the late 1920s and early 1930s.

Terrence’s book, “Bob Mathias: Across the Fields of Gold,” tells the inspiring story of a 17-year-old high school student from a small rural California town who became the 1948 Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon – and then repeated as champion in 1952.

By then, Mathias was known as one of the world’s greatest athletes, having helped lead the Stanford football team to the Rose Bowl and having been drafted by the Washington Redskins. Mathias, who retired as a captain with the U.S. Marines, later went on to Hollywood and starred in movies with the likes of John Wayne and Jayne Mansfield.

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Personally autographed copies of both books will be available for purchase. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. with refreshments provided by the Friends of the Nevada County Libraries, which is sponsoring the event with the County of Nevada, Poets & Writers Inc. and the Northern Queen Inn.

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