Results tagged ‘ Brad Mangin ’

6/19/12-Something Historical-Z Man!

Before the 3:30 bus departs across the bay to play the Athletics, I wanted to pay tribute to one of my favorite people in sports photography….A’s Team Photographer Michael Zagaris.

Until I saw Z’s work as the San Francisco 49ers team photographer, I had never seen coverage of any team behind the scenes like his chronicled.

I am only able to do what I do with the Dodgers and USC behind the scenes because of the standard that you set. I just won’t do it cleats..haha.

My favorite image of his is the black and white of then legendary 49ers coach Bill Walsh and Joe Montana drawing up a play on the grass at Candlestick.

Z and I photographed by Keith Birmingham during Spring Training 2012

This is one of my favorite Z moments as on Z’s lap is his first very laptop. He is sitting with photography/technology guru Brad Mangin getting advice. Photo was taken in April of 2004 at the PacBell Park. I love the dazed look on Z’s face as he steps into the new world of digital technology. Photo by Jon SooHoo

Thank you Z for paving the way of how team photography should be accomplished.



3/5/12-Something Historical–V.J. Lovero

Angels Photographers V.J. Lovero and John Cordes at the Big A in June 1990

V.J. Lovero and someone else photographed by Mitch Haddad at Dodger Stadium a long time ago.

Today is a special day for sports photographers in Arizona marking the annual Spring Training dinner in honor of sports photography legend V.J. Lovero at Don and Charlies. V.J. was the team photographer for the Angels and for Sports Illustrated for many years until his passing in 2004. His peers and friends led by Brad Mangin hold this annual dinner at Don and Charlie’s in honor of our friend. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend last year.

V.J. was a GREAT guy and his friendship during our early years as team photographers for each of our teams was something I will always cherish.

Having only experienced Spring Training in Vero Beach while V.J. was alive, I never had the opportunity to play in his over the line games with the photographers in Arizona. I heard it was a lot of fun.

Cheers V.J.!