Roger Guenveur Smith was six years old and living in Los Angeles the summer day in 1965 when San Francisco Giants pitcher Juan Marichal conked Dodgers catcher John Roseboro over the head with a bat. Marichal was batting against Sandy Koufax at the time, and felt that Roseboro's throw back to Koufax after a pitch sailed too close to his ear. The incident stayed with Smith, who has a one-man show in NYC about it. From the New York Times:
In the course of the show, he delivers monologues in the guise of both men. The show’s narrative is a personal one, dealing with issues of family, but it places Smith’s story in the context of the often turbulent and racially tinged events of the 1960s. And it uses the Marichal-Roseboro fracas and its long aftermath as its central metaphor.
To that end, it traces the events of Aug. 22, 1965, which are now well documented, in detail.
Also well documented is that the two men made up, and Marichal spoke at Roseboro's funeral in 2002. Marichal and Roseboro's daughter attended the show's opening.
News today at Dodger Stadium: General manager Ned Colletti now reports to team president Dennis Mannion, Frank McCourt announced.