Edward Hershey presents The Scorekeeper

Portland author Edward Hershey will read from his memoir, The Scorekeeper.

Striking out at bat spurred a Brooklyn Little Leaguer to strike out on a path to stadium press boxes, newspaper city rooms, halls of government, and offices in academe. Edward Hershey describes a poignant Jewish-American childhood in America’s “borough of dreams,” vivid accounts of years as a sportswriter, and the drama of stories he broke on the Attica Prison revolt, the Son of Sam case, and a high-level New York election scam. Sports were Edward’s passion, a love that withstood his athletic ineptitude and the departure of his beloved Brooklyn Dodgers. It made him the journalistic equivalent of a gym rat who wrote for a big-city newspaper at 15 and covered the major leagues when he was 22 before swapping the best seats in the house for a reporter’s front-row view of a decade of turbulent events in the '70's. Then he turned in his press card for a silver shield and a new role that made him a regular presence on New York City airwaves and gave him a new slant on journalism. The Scorekeeper is an irreverent coming-of-age tale, a perceptive take on reporting from the stadium to the statehouse, and an unsparing reflection on an era of urban tension and suburban sprawl, anti-war activism and a war on poverty, rampant crime and imperfect justice, political chicanery and prosecutorial abuse.

Event date: 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
7834 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219