Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon was back in his hometown of Hazleton at the end of December to be there for a premiere of a documentary that he is featured in. Maddon is credited for founding the Hazleton One Community Center on Fourth Street, and there is a section of the film that highlights the building as well as the local Hazleton Integration Project. The documentary also features former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy. This screening is partially hosted by the WVIA organization and this is the first showing of the film in several regional outreaches to promote and celebrate the film, “American Creed”.
The Hazleton, PA native began his career in sports while attending Lafayette College where he was a member of the football and baseball teams on campus. He tried his hand at professional baseball in the second half of the 1970s as a free agent but never made it big in the game. In 1979 he turned in his player’s mitt for a coaching career, and became a coach in the minors and bounced around the United States quite a bit. In 1999, he became the coach for the Anaheim Angels, and a more long-term head coach for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays between 2006 and 2014. In 2015, Maddon took over the coaching position for the Chicago Cubs and ended up taking the team to the 2016 World Series games.
Maddon recently returned home to Hazleton, PA to appear for a documentary showing that he is being featured in called “American Creed”. It is no doubt that locals will flock to the viewing to see the movie and their hometown hero.
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