The Baseball Reliquary: The Shrine of the Eternals, The Tony Salin Memorial and the Hilda Chester Award
I got my ballot package in the mail to vote for the Baseball Reliquary Shrine of the Eternals for the 2013 Election! Each year, the Reliquary’s members elect three candidates from a field of 50 nominees. We can vote for up to nine from the list.
The Shrine of the Eternals 2013 Induction Day will be held on Sunday afternoon, July 21, 2013.
From 2011, here Maury Wills spenidng a few minutes with me before his induction into the Shrine in 2011.
Last year Dr. Frank Jobe, Mudcat Grant & Luis Tiant were inducted into the Shrine of the Eternals.
Tommy John who introduced Dr. Frank Jobe
Gentlemen: You look marvelous!
The Tony Salin Memorial Award. In addition to the Shrine of the Eternals inductees, the Tony Salin Memorial Award (presented annually to an individual dedicated to the preservation of baseball history) is given on this day. Among the past recipients have been Peter Golenbock, Richard Beverage , Mike Shannon, Stew Thornley, Paul Dickson and Dave Kelly in 2012.
Richard Beverage accepting the Tony Salin Memorial award in 2007.
Master of ceremonies Terry Cannon greets Paul Dickson as he comes to the stage to accept the 2011 Tony Salin Memorial Award for his commitment to the preservation of baseball history.
Hilda Award. Another award given is the Hilda Award (named in memory of Hilda Chester and honoring a baseball fans exceptional devotion to the game) is given on this day.
From the Baseball Reliquary website, among the past recipients of the Hilda Chester award have been :
2001. Rea Wilson. In the Summer of 2000, at the age of 77, Rea Wilson of Seal Beach, California made a pilgrimage to all thirty MLB ballparks traveling alone in her van.
Hilda Award. Cowbell awarded to Rea Wilson.
2003: Ruth Roberts. In 1963, she wrote “Meet the Mets,” which is played before every Mets home game. In fact, the song is such a staple among generations of New York baseball enthusiasts that some diehard Mets fans have requested that, upon their death, “Meet the Mets” be sung at their funeral before their casket is closed.
2006. Bill Murray. Comedian and actor Bill Murray, the first “celebrity fan” to receive the Hilda, is a Chicago Cubs fan extraordinaire and part owner of the St. Paul Saints (a franchise in the American Association, an independent professional baseball league), for whom he also serves in the capacity of team psychologist.
2007. Cass Sapir. In 2006, documentary filmmaker Cass Sapir crisscrossed the nation in an old Honda, traveling to every Minor League and Major League ballpark, a total of 189 stadiums, in an astounding 157 days. The Cambridge, Massachusetts resident used his self-financed road trip as a means of raising money and awareness for the Jimmy Fund, a Boston-based charity that raises funds for cancer research.
2008. John Adams. John Adams of Brecksville, Ohio was celebrating in 2008 his 35th consecutive year of pounding his bass drum in the bleachers at Cleveland Indians games, come rain or shine. Adams has twice thrown out a ceremonial first pitch at Jacobs Field and was honored in 2007 with his own bobblehead night (naturally, it was designed so that his arms could be bobbled up and down to bang on a toy drum).
2010: Sister Mary Assumptazaba. Sister Mary’s passion for baseball has been focused largely on her beloved Cleveland Indians. She wrote and edited her own segment, “Tribe Habit,” for the ABC television news affiliate in Cleveland. Baking cookies for the Indians players since 1984 eventually led to a small business operation called “Nun Better” Cookies, with the profits helping support her religious community. She also had two cameo appearances in the 1989 film, Major League, and even has her own baseball card (made by Upper Deck in 1997).
2011: Chris Erskine. Chris Erskine’s weekly columns in the Los Angeles Times, “Man of the House” and “Fan of the House,” have been widely lauded for their wry insights and (often) tongue-in-cheek celebrations of fatherhood, life in the suburbs, and sports as a way of establishing relationships with children and sharing a distinct sense of belonging with others in his community. Whether ruminating on the experience of being a volunteer coach for Little League baseball or rhapsodizing about a Chicago-style hot dog at an Angels game, he examines the myriad ways that baseball allows fans to pass time and to connect with their personal histories.
2012: Arnold Hano. Arnold Hano attended his first baseball game in New York in 1926 as a child, and saw all the greats of that era from his seat in the bleachers. Memorable moments he witnessed in baseball history include the last game Babe Ruth pitched for the New York Yankees (1933), Don Larsen’s perfect game in the World Series (1956), and Sandy Koufax’s first no-hitter (1962). His account of the first game of the 1954 World Series between his beloved New York Giants and the Cleveland Indians,A Day in the Bleachers, is a classic of baseball literature and one of the most enduring expressions of the meaning of fanhood, especially of those who sit in the bleacher seats.
Arnold Hano accepting the Hilda Award in 2012.
And the recipient of the 2013 Hilda Chester award: Emma Amaya. Yes! that is me! :-)
Terry Cannon was at the Dodger game against the Pirates on Friday night. He said “I got something for you” I thought he was going to lend me the book (Baseball) Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend that I could not check out from the Burbank library. I was shocked when I read the letter. I am also so honored. Those are giant shoes I am following.
Thank you so much Terry and Mary Cannon, the board of directors and the membership of the Baseball Reliquary. I’ve been grinning from ear to ear since I found out the news!
It all went down hill for the Dodgers after the Home Opener. They lost 2 out of three to the hated Giants. Here are a few sudokus I came up with after the loss.
walks seven Dodgers in five
just two unearned runs
One for 14 Ugh!
worst: two for 27
in series with RISP
Bases loaded Yes!
3-4-5 hitters no outs
scored only one run
Seven double plays
by the Giants, Did Blue win?
no, Tim was lucky
Dodgers lose again
Only win game with Kershaw
of three game series
Leaving stadium late
Listening to Dodger Talk
on the long drive home
Today is day off
Dodgers reflect on mistakes
be sharp for weekend!
Yasiel Puig will make debut
Lookouts for the kid
ref: photo by Jon SooHoo at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com/
What an Opening Day at Dodger Stadium! All Opening Days are special. We await them with so much anticipation. What an Opening act with Sandy Koufax throwing out the first pitch and Orel Hershiser catching him.
Magic walks to the mound to throw out the first pitch
But wait! Here comes Mattingly to lift Magic for Sandy Koufax
A beautiful view of Sandy on the mound
Orel Hershiser said on Twitter: “What a day! To have Sandy throw the first pitch. To catch it and Thank him for all he taught me, was a moment I will never forget”
Sandy into his windup, here is the pitch….
Got to say Vin Scully still enjoys baseball.
Standing room only
El nino de oro after rounding the bases
El nino de Oro taking a curtain call after his Major League Home run in the 8th to take the lead 1-0. Kershaw hit the first pitch of reliever George Kontos.
Final score Dodgers 4, Giants 0. Kerhsaw with a complete game.
We went into Dodger Stadium with big smiles. We came out still smiling after that incredible Opening game. I did not even mind the long wait for the shuttle after the game.
Icing on the cake: I have Clayton Kershaw in my Baseball Fantasy team Los Locos Azules play in the TwitterMaffiaLeague.
Ref: pictures from Jon SooHoo. check out his blog at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com
It feels like Christmas
Opening Day the reason
Let’s Hear it “Play Ball!”
Kershaw for LA
Matt Cain for San Francisco
Love Opening Day!
So stunning before
More beautiful now!
Fans so excited
Opening Day is Today
Gates open at 10
Nino de Oro
Is our golden boy Kershaw
Watch out for the Curve!
Countdown to Baseball season
only hours to go
Vin Scully will say
It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!
I can hardly wait!
Jaime Jarrin too
Y se canta el Play Ball
Con sus sequaces
Heading to the stadium soon!
With Lorena and Amanda in the Reserved section
With Lorena and el maestro Jaime Jarrin
George Shuba then
Shuba, the youngest of 10 children, grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, in a family of Czechoslovakian descent. He developed a love for baseball at six years old. Instead of playing in an organized little league, he and the neighbor kids played ball right in the street.
He attended Catholic grammar school at Holy Name Elementary in Youngstown. He recalls the nuns being very strict, which helped him become disciplined at a young age. His brother was a priest, so he was constantly surrounded by Catholic influences.
George Shuba now
Before every meal, Shuba and his family would recite a Slovak prayer — a tradition started by his mother and brother. He continued to say this prayer each day during his baseball career and still carries on the tradition to this day.
In the mid-1940s when young men were being shipped around the globe during World War II, Shuba was dealt a different hand. He sustained an ear injury while being disciplined by one of his teachers as a child, so he was unable to enter the U.S. Army. Instead, Shuba attended an open Dodgers’ tryout in 1943 at age 17, after finding out about it from his friends on the street.
“They said, ‘George, you should go try out at Borts Field (Youngstown). You’re good enough.’” Shuba said. “I really didn’t think I was, but I went and hit a few out of bounds and a couple of fouls out of the park.”
Though Shuba signed with the Dodgers following his tryout, his father, Jan, was not on board with the decision to pursue a lofty career path. Jan worked at the mills in Youngstown, a steel-manufacturing town.
“He (Jan) wanted me to work at the mills where I could have a steady job,” Shuba said. “But I had dreams of being a professional ball player. I really believed I could.”
Shuba worked on his swing every night by hanging a rope from his ceiling and tying knots to represent the strike zone.
“I would swing a 44-ounce bat 500 times a night between the knots,” Shuba said. “When it came to batting practice the next day, I was already ready!”
Shuba gained a reputation for hitting hard line drives all over the field. According to Roger Kahn in his book, The Boys of Summer, the nickname “Shotgun” evolved from Shuba’s “spraying line drives with a swing so compact that it appeared as natural as a smile.”
Check out George “Shotgun”Shuba website at http://www.georgeshuba.com/bookcover.shtml
Ref: http://thetablet.org/faith-inspires-shotgun-shubas-baseball-dream/ OOTdevelopments’s first picture.
Clayton Kershaw is on the cover of Sport Illustrated! Good thing the local newstand had the correct cover
Our Niño de Oro” Golden Boy, Clayton Kershaw will be on the mound for the Dodger Opener on Monday! I can’t wait for that but in the meantime the Freeway Series will continue tonight at Dodger Stadium. Dodgers won the first game at Anaheim 3-0. Excited to see all the changes at Dodger Stadium. Let’s Go Dodgers! Let’s Go!!
Five days till Opening Day!
From Tony Cuccinello 2 Cookie Lavagetto 2 Carl Furillo 2 Sandy Amoros 2 Lefebvre 2 Hee-Seop Choi 2 Nomah and yes, to Juan Uribe have put on uniform #5. Five more days to wait till Opening Day but I get to see Dodger Stadium this Friday when the Dodgers play the Angels. I can’t wait!
I don’t know about everyone else but this Spring Training seems like it has dragged longer. Is time for the Boys in Blue to come back to Our Lady of Chavez Ravine _Dodger Stadium. There are a whole lot of changes there that I am looking forward to seeing it all.
It’s a whole new blue!
5 ft tall Retired numbers going somewhere in the Top Deck concourse
Very large autographed baseballs featuring Dodger greats going to their new home on the Reserved level concourse.
Janet Marie Smith begins a tour for Antonio Villaraigosa
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa testing the playground
A tribute to the Dodgers past. One of the many new murals at Dodger Stadium. I love it!
Large size bobbleheads have arrived!
Vin Scully! Was he put to work?
From Gil Hodges to Clayton Kershaw the Gold gloves are showcased in the Dugout club.
A whole New Blue!
Ref: Dodger pictures
Getting back to my project of doing a post on all the surviving Brooklyn Dodgers.
This one is #12 of 42 going from oldest to youngest.
Tim Thompson then
Charles Lemoine Thompson (Tim) was a catcher. He was born in Coalport, PA on March 1, 1924. His debut was on April 20, 1954 and his final Game April 27, 1958. He wore uniform #21.
Thompson was finally called up to Ebbets Field with the Dodgers for the first time at age 30 in 1954. He talked about his big league debut. “My first game was the only time I ever played in the outfield. It was in St. Louis. Dick Williams was ejected, and I was the only one left on the bench. Steve Bilko lined a single and I thought I nailed Dick Schofield at the plate with a good throw, but he slid between Roy Campanella’s legs to score. I kidded Campy that if he had blocked the plate I would have been a hero.”
Tim, who had just two base hits in 13 at-bats for the Dodgers would spend the rest of the year with the Montreal Royals hitting .305 in 75 games. He spent 1955 with the St. Paul Saints of the American Association, hitting .313 and catching 121 games. This got him traded to the Kansas City Athletics on April 16, 1956 for Tom Saffell, Lee Wheat and cash. Thompson spent 1956 and 1957 with the Kansas City Athletics and would finish out his major league run with he Detroit Tigers in 1958 with a career .238 batting average in 187 games. He also finished with a fine fielding percentage of .990.
Thompson would spend the remainder of his active baseball career with the AAA Toronto Maple Leafs retiring from active play after 1962 with a 14 year minor league career .293 batting average in 1,426 games and a fielding percentage of .991.
Tim Thompson now
Following a few years as a player-coach and manager at Toronto, he was a scout and later a supervisor of scouting for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1964 to 1994. He spent the rest of the 1990s in the Dodgers organization as a scout and since 2000 he has worked in the same capacity for the Baltimore Orioles. As of last notice he was residing in Lewiston, Pennsylvania. Note: I could not find a current picture of Mr. Thompson.
me: “Quick! Do the Weekly Photo Challenge from WordPress before Friday!”
Here is the link to the Weekly Photo Challenge: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/photo-challenge-lunchtime/#comment-165232
I took this picture last Friday before I devoured the fish tacos.
Fish tacos with orange and jicama slaw. One co-worker came back complaining that they had run out of the fish tacos. I will definitely make the orange jicama slaw.
Today I had a spinach salad with quinoa, carrots, cranberries, chick peas, edamame, pumpkin seeds and carrot ginger miso dressing. It was yummy! I bought it from Trader Joe’s. I love that place.
Enjoying my spinach salad while I check some facts in the 2012 Dodgers guide.
First picture I had it on Instagram and I was having dificulty copying it. The second picture I had uploaded it to Twitter.
Last year I went to Camelback Ranch for the St Patrick’s weekend with friends Lorena and Elisa.
This year the three of us headed that way again. Lore and I talked that we should make it a tradition to spend St Patrick’s Day watching the Dodgers every year.
After we ran into Pat and Norma. I seem like I always ran into them on the road.
We ran into Cochito! haha, a different cochito
After we ran into Pat and Norma. I seem like I always ran into them on the road.
Looking for a pic of the birthday girl Margie but I could not find one. Also of Randy from Let’s Talk Dodgers and Mary and Art from our Top Deck family.
Relaxing at the game
Elisa’s beautiful panoramic pictures. She showed me how to take them too. That is me walking with my Trayvon Robinson green jersey and my floppy hat
I like this picture with Lore and I walking
Elisa titled this picture “the person behind the hat, Crzblue” Yeah, me and my floppy hats. I forgot the blue one that I purchased a year ago on St Patrick’s Day so I took that one that I purchased a month before when we were in Arizona for the Dodgers workouts.
Speaking of traditions, I was disappointed that Jaime Jarrin, Pepe Yniguez & Fernando Valenzuela were not broadcasting the game in Spanish for St Patrick’s Day. Our Irish poet Vin Scully was there so why not our Spanish poet Jaime? I asked Mr. Jarrin when was the last time he missed a St Patrick’s game. He said:
@crzblue Emmita: nunca perdí un S.Patricio desde 59 hasta el 2008. En ùltimos 6 años he perdido uno en camelback Ranch. Abrazos.
ref; Dee’s picture, Elisa’s panoramic pictures, Lorena’s pictures and mines.