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Baseball Reliquary: Induction Day 2014

Today is the day of the Baseball Reliquary Hope of the Eternals Induction Day!  I am heading that way soon!

“Bleacher Preacher” Jerry Pritikin who is flying from Chicago will receive the Hilda Award

Pritikin on Harry Caray's 10th Inning show, 1985.Jerry Pritikin has said that "the everyday fan here in Chicago has turned into an endangered species! For 25 years, I became part of the lore of the fabled fans in the cheap seats of the bleachers at the 'Friendly Confines.' However, there are no more cheap seats. In 1991, I boycotted Wrigley when they raised the price of a bleacher seat from 4 to 6 bucks. Today you almost have to file for bankruptcy at the price printed on the ticket ($75 for a kid or adult on a Saturday)."

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Jerry Cohen, recipient of the 2014 Tony Salin Memorial Award, presented annually by the Baseball Reliquary.

The recipient of the 2014 Salin Award is Jerry Cohen, who founded Ebbets Field Flannels in 1988, a Seattle, Washington-based company which manufactures historically-inspired athletic apparel, ranging from handmade reproductions of vintage flannel baseball jerseys to T-shirts, baseball caps, and even grounds crew jackets and sweatshirts, all made with a high level of craftsmanship and respect for authenticity.

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Dizzy Dean

Our talented  John Schulian will usher in Dizzy Dean into the Baseball Reliquary Shiren of the Eternals.

Rachel Robinson’s induction will be accepted by her sister-in-law Delano Robinson

Don Zimmer’s induction into the Shrine of the Eternals will be accepted by his wife “Zoot”

 

Rest in Peace Dr. Frank Jobe

As a member of the Baseball Reliquary, I am proud that I voted for Dr. Frank Jobe in 2012.  He was elected to the Baseball Reliquary Shrine of the Eternals that year on July 15, 2012.   The day before, Dr. Frank Jobe was at Dodger Stadium with Tommy John throwing out the first pitch

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pictures at Dodger Stadium taken by me. 

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Mudcat Grant was also inducted into the Baseball Reliquary Shrine of the Eternals. 

Tommy John introduced Dr. Frank Jobe.

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Rest in peace Dr. Frank Jobe.  I think The Hall of Fame should have done something for Dr Jobe a long time ago.  Dr. Jobe was the  greatest  man of Sport medicine.  Nobody else has contributed as much to the sport as he has.   Thank you Dr. Jobe.

Manny Mota videos of Induction into the Baseball Reliquary

Here are two videos that I recorded in the Summer but barely uploaded.   They are from Manny Mota’s induction into the Baseball Reliquary.

Here is Jose Mota paying a great tribute to his dad:

Here is Manny Mota accepting the award

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.

Maury Wills and Emma Amaya

From 2011, here Maury Wills spending 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.

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Tommy John who introduced Dr. Frank Jobe

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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.

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Richard Beverage accepting the Tony Salin Memorial award in 2007.

Terry Cannon and Paul Dickson

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.

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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!

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John Schulian, Scott Akasaki, Wes Parker and Jim Colburn

Last Saturday I went to see John Schulian speak at the Allendale library.   Terry Cashman of the Baseball Reliquary introduced him.  He talked about Boxing, Basketball, Football and baseball.  He read from his columns in the book “Sometimes They Even Shook Your Hand.”   I immediately liked his quick-witted style and good nature sarcasm.

Terry did a word association with Schulian.  On Pete Rose, John said “so-so gambler.  Should be in the Hall of Fame.”   Billy Martin “A mouse waiting to be a rat.” (great line)   Howard Cossell “Not my favorite guy.”   Others who he think should be in the Hall of Fame:   Barry Bonds, yes. Roger Clement, yes.  Mark McGuire, no.   Of Kobe Bryan he said “Is going to be fascinating to watch him grow old.”

Afterwards I got in line to buy his book “Sometimes They Even Shook Your Hands.”  When it got to be my turn, Terry told John that I am a big Dodger fan.  John wrote in my book “For Emma, the Queen of Dodger Stadium  -John Schulian 11/10/12″  ;-)

Terry usually sets other baseball books related to the speaker or topic at the library.   I checked out  “The Sporting World of Jim Murray” by Jim Murray, and “What A Time It Was  The Best of W.C. Heintz on Sports”

Discussion on “The Business of Baseball”  Claremont, CA

Char Ham posted the following on the Baseball Reliquary page:

This Tuesday, November 20, there is a free discussion on “The Business of Baseball” at Claremont McKenna College’s Athenaeum at 6:45 p.m. Speakers include host Dodger Scott Akasaki, Claremont College alum and Dodger alum Wes Parker, and Cub alum Jim Colburn.
Address is 385 E. Eighth St. In Claremont.When I was 12, I wrote a snail mail to Wes Parker with questions for a career assignment, and he replied. I lost the pink index sized postcard, but the answers were neatly typed. I have never met him so when I go, I will tell him about it.
Nice story on Wes Parker.   I am going to see if I can make it to this event.
On another note: what happened to Our Latest Leaders post from Mark?  We did not have one for October.  Is not too late Mark.

The Baseball Reliquary & Burbank Library Present Philco TV Playhouse: 0 for 37 (1953)

I could not be in San Diego for the Dodger game but I am going to this event:
The Baseball Reliquary & Burbank library Present Philco Television playhouse: 0 for 37 (1953)
Introduced by Dan Einstein, Television Archivist, UCLA Film & television Archive
Screening: Thursday, September 27, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Burbank Central Library
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Address:  110 N. Glenoaks Blvd, Burbank, CA
From Terry Cannon:
Reliquarians young and old will enjoy the anniversary screening of “0 for 37″ this Thursday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the Burbank Central Library. “0 for 37″ was originally aired 59 years ago, broadcast live on September 27, 1953 on the legendary Philco Television Playhouse. Starring James Broderick and Eva Marie Saint, “0 for 37″ is the story of a recently married major leaguer, considered one of the best players in the game, who goes through a prolonged batting slump, caused in large part by his worries about the new house his wife has bought. My, have times changed! The screening will be introduced by the one and only Dan Einstein, Television Archivist at the UCLA Film & Television Archive, who has graciously loaned the kinescope that will be shown. Incidentally, Thursday is also the closing night for the Baseball Reliquary’s exhibition, “Bad Moon Rising: Baseball and the Summer of ’68,” so drop by early and catch the display if you have not already done so. See you on Thursday!
It would be cool to watch it on a TV like above if you could get one to work.

Dodgers Bowling Extravaganza & Bad Moon Rising

Dodgers are off today.   They got swept by the hated Giants at home.  It was sad being at Dodger Stadium and watching this.  Dodgers never led in any of the three games.  

So what are some Dodgers doing tonight? 

The Eighth Annual Dodgers Dream Foundation Bowling Extravaganza is taking place tonight, Thursday, august 23, 2012 at Lucky Strike Lanes L.A. LIVE .   James Loney has been hosting the event for the last few years.  Here is more information from the Dodgers website:

NATURAL BALANCE PET FOODS
Dodgers Dream Foundation Bowling Extravaganza
Lucky Strike Lanes L.A. LIVE
Thursday, August 23, 2012
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
6:00 PM – Registration
7:00 PM – Bowling & Dinner Medley
10:00 PM – Awards
 

Think Blue Lane – $7,500

 

Individual Bowler – $850

 

Bad Moon Rising: Baseball and the Summer of ’68

 
The bowling is too much money for me  so tonight I will be at the Bad Moon Rising:  Baseball and the Summer of ’68 exhibition at the Burbank Central Library.   The exhibition is up until September 27, 2012 but tonight is the discussion and book signing with Tim Wendel, author of Summer of ’68: The Season that Changed Baseball-and America-Forever.  
 
The event is free and is put together by the Baseball Reliquary. 
 
Among the topics examined in the exhibition are the record-setting achievevements of pitchers Bob gibson, Denny McLain and Don Drysdale, baseball reaction to the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy, the World Series matchup between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers, the riots, the final major league season for Mickey Mantle, the emergence of Football. 
 
 
Other books by Tim Wendel: High Heat, Far From Home, Red Rain and Castro’s Curveball.  
 
 
More information at www.baseballreliquary.com
 
 
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