Long Time LABL Hollywood Stars Member Tom Hayden Dies at 76
by Jess Whitehill, Los Angeles Baseball League
(Photo courtesy of Joe Doherty) Longtime Los
Angeles Baseball League member and Hollywood Star player Tom Hayden died on October 23, 2016 at the age of 76. The
Hollywood Stars also competed in the first MSBL World Series in 1988 and Tom
was most probably a member of that team.
known as a student activist and co-founding member of the SDS (Students for a
Democratic Society), as a radical for his role in the protests at the 1968
Chicago Democratic Convention, for his marriage to Jane Fonda, for his 18 years
in the California Senate and Assembly and his tireless work for underdogs
everywhere, from farm workers to prison inmates to the environment.
Tom also loved
baseball and played for many years on the Hollywood Stars in the labl and in
various municipal leagues and tournament teams. The program for his
memorial at UCLA on February 19 contained tributes from President Obama and Hillary Clinton, but the most inspiring page was this picture of Tom in the
batting cage and his quote of what playing adult baseball meant to him. I'm
sure most of us can relate as we "confront and resist mortality." Tom
will be missed on and off the field.