Josh Suchon first had his heart broken when he was 15 years old — by Hall-of-Fame pitcher Orel Hershiser and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The year was 1988, and the Dodgers had just defeated the heavily favored Oakland Athletics in the World Series.
“I went to 50-something games that season,” recalls Josh, a die-hard A’s fan who was in attendance for Hershiser’s legendary performance in the Series-ending Game 5.
“When the game ended, I yelled ‘You were lucky!’ to Hershiser.”
25 years later — after earning a journalism degree from San Diego State University and covering Major League Baseball as a broadcaster — Josh is the author of “Miracle Men,” which chronicles the Dodgers’ 1988 World Series season. Fittingly, Hershiser wrote the book’s foreword.
“Everyone remembers where they were when Kirk Gibson hit the walk-off homerun in Game 1,” says Josh, who’s now the play-by-play announcer for the Dodgers’ Triple-A minor league team.
“I’m hopeful the book will remind people of what happened that season and tell them things they never knew.”
Josh will be at Brent’s Deli in Northridge on Tuesday, July 16 for a “Miracle Men” book signing and photo op. The book costs $25 (or $40 for two) and can be purchased at the signing, which will take place from 11 am to 1 pm.