After the Dodgers got eliminated by the Cardinals, I was feeling very down. I had driven to work because I was planning attending the Baseball Reliquary event at the Burbank Library “Dock Ellis and the Swinging 70’s.” I drove feeling depressed and not sure if I wanted to be around people but I drove there getting there just before the event started.
From left to right, Baseball Reliquary Executive director, Terry Cannon with the panel of speakers of Jeffrey Radice, co-producer and director of “No No: A Dockumentary”; historian and journalist Dan Epstein; and former big leaguer Jim “Mudcat” Grant.
I am so glad I went! I could have listen to these speakers for hours, especially Jim Mudcat Grant Mr. Grant has a bank of stories to tell and he tells them with such charm. I was glad to go out to dinner afterwards because I ended up hearing more stories from Mr. Grant. He was telling me about his brother Julian playing in Monterey, Mexico and how everyone used to call him “Julio.” One time they got into a taxi, he was sitting in the front and his brother in the back. The taxi driver asked him “Are you Julio?” He said no, and pointed to his brother and the back. The taxi driver was driving with the windows open yelling to people “Hey, this is Julio!”
Mudcat told me about an exhibition games in the south, They had landed in New Orleans, where blacks were not permitted in the airport lobby or to wait for cabs alongside whites. They had to wait on a grassy hill to wait until a black cab would arrive. The luggage would invariably be brought to the white hotel. The black players would get to the homes where they could stay. They would draw straws on who would go to the white hotel to retrive their luggage. In once such incident, the Indians were playing the Boston Red Sox in New Orleans and Mudcat’s straw had come out short. When Grant went to retrieve the luggage, he was stopped by a hotel baggage handler who refused to allow him into the hotel. He told him that blacks had no business entering. While discussing the situation with him, Grant saw Ted Williams entering the lobby. Williams walked over to Grant and asked what was happening.
“Well, you know we cannot stay at this hotel,” said Grant.
“I know. It’s a terrible shame,” said Williams. ”This man will not let me come in to get my bags that were sent here,” said Mudcat.
Williams replied, “He’s right. You shouldn’t be going in to get those bags. He should get them and bring them out to you!”
Another of his stories was when he was in Cuba. He was in a car with Tommy Lasorda and another black players. The police stopped him and Tommy told them “Let me do the talking.” Well, Mudcat said that they ended up in jail! They jumped on Tommy in jail and asked him “What did you tell them??”
Here are pictures from the event:
Mudcat signed my baseball. Loved the hat he was wearing!
Part of the Baseball Reliquary exhibition at the Burbank Library
part of the pictures Mudcat was showing us. In the picture Mudcat, Larry Doby and Satchel Paige.
If any of you want a break from the playoff, head over to the Burbank Library. Here is what Terry Cannon of the Baseball Reliquary posted about the event:
If you are a baseball fan, I highly recommend you to join the Baseball Reliquary. The annual fees are $25. Go to http://www.baseballreliquary.org for more information.
Like many Baseball Reliquarian members I look forward to the yearly Induction Day. Here are some of the pictures I took Sunday 7/20/14:
Reliquary executive director Terry Cannon getting things started. Too bad I missed taking a picture with the annual cowbells ringing. everyone is encouraged to bring a cowbell to join the ringing.
First award: The Hilda Award
Jerry Pritikin, also known as Bleacher preacher, the 2014 Recipient of the Hilda Award.
The Tony Salin award is giving to individuals for their commitment to the preservation of baseball history. Jerry Cohen founded Ebbets Field Flannels received the award.
the keynote address was delivered by Joseph L. Price, a professor of religious studies at Whittier College whom has taught courses and published numerous essays on the subject of sports and religion.
Joseph L. Price sings the national anthem at Louisville Slugger Field
Writer and historian John Schulian did a wonderful presentation of Dizzy Dean. Nephew Sandy Dean could not attend due to a good baseball reason so Terry Cannon accepted the award.
Dodger Historian waiting his turn to talk about Don Zimmer and present the award to Jean “Zoot” Zimmer.
Mark Langill shared some stories about Don Zimmer from 1958 at the Coliseum. He also found in Don Zimmer an invitation to Don and Zoot Simmer when they got married during a minor league game. The “invitation” was provided you had a ticket to the game
Peter Dreier, the Dr. E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics at Occidental College, introduced the induction of Rachel Robinson, which was accepted by her sister-in-law, Delano Robinson.
From Dr. Peter Dreier “Rachel was a real pioneer. In 1940, only five percent of all women – and less than two percent of black women – earned a college degree. But Rachel wasn’t about to let those odds get in her way.”
After earning her master’s degree, Rachel worked as a nurse-therapist and researcher at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.
Delano Robinson, sister-in-law of Jackie Robinson. wife of Olympian Mack Robinson accepting the award for Rachel Robinson.
From Peter Dreier speech: “
Rachel was hired as a riveter at the Lockheed Aircraft factory in LA, where they made airplanes for the war effort. She worked the night shift, drove to UCLA at dawn, changed clothes in the parking lot, and then went to class.
To encourage women to take factory jobs during the war, the federal government created an iconic figure – “Rosie the Riveter” – whose image adorned this famous poster.
But if America hadn’t been such a racist and segregated society back then, perhaps the government would have selected another woman to represent the nation’s female workers – “Rachel the Riveter”.”
Afterwards a large group of us went to dinner.
The 2014 and 2013 Recipients of the Hilda Award.
Like every year I had a wonderful time at the Baseball Reliquary Induction Day. Looking forward to next year Induction Day but before that to receiving our ballot in the mail
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
The recipient of the 2014 Salin Award is Jerry Cohen, who founded Ebbets Field Flannels in 1988, a Seattle, Washingt…on-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.
Our talented John Schulian will usher in Dizzy Dean into the Baseball Reliquary Shiren of the Eternals.
Don Zimmer’s induction into the Shrine of the Eternals will be accepted by his wife “Zoot”
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
pictures at Dodger Stadium taken by me.
At the Baseball Reliquary Induction Day July 15, 2012
Mudcat Grant was also inducted into the Baseball Reliquary Shrine of the Eternals.
Tommy John introduced Dr. Frank Jobe.
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.
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
Tomorrow is the Baseball Reliquary Induction Day so if you don’t have any plans, come to the Pasadena Library!
From the Pasadena Now:
The festivities will start with an Induction Day tradition, the ceremonial bell ringing in honor of the late Brooklyn Dodgers fan Hilda Chester; everyone who attends is encouraged to bring a bell to ring for the occasion.
This will be followed by The National Anthem and “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” performed by Joe Price, Professor of Religious Studies at Whittier College and a longtime Reliquarian.
The musical segment will be followed by the presentation of the 2013 Hilda Award to Emma Amaya . The Hilda Award, established in memory of legendary Brooklyn Dodgers fan Hilda Chester, recognizes distinguished service to the game by a baseball fan.
The 2013 Tony Salin Memorial Award will be presented to Steve Bandura. The Tony Salin Memorial Award, named in memory of the late baseball historian and author, was established to recognize individuals for their commitment to the preservation of baseball history.
Following the award presentations, the 2013 keynote address will be delivered by Dave Zirin, one of the most original voices to emerge from the field of sports writing in recent years.
The keynote address will be followed by the formal induction of the 2013 class of electees to the Baseball Reliquary.
L-R: Lefty O’Doul, Manny Mota and Eddie Feigner. Photo by The Baseball Reliquary
For more information go to http://www.baseballreliquary.org/ or
From the Pasadena Now:
Free parking is available in the University of Phoenix underground parking structure, which is located just north of the Pasadena Central Library on the corner of Garfield Avenue and Corson Street. The entrance to the parking structure is on Garfield.
Although the ceremony does not begin until 2:00 p.m., we encourage attendees to arrive by 1:30 p.m. (when the doors to the auditorium open) as seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
If you arrive when the library opens at 1:00 p.m., this will allow you ample time to view the Baseball Reliquary’s exhibition, Another Trip in Baseball’s Time Machine: Photography at the Field of Dreams (details below), which is being presented in the display cases in the Business and Humanities Wings, and the Centennial Room.
You can also take the Gold line. The Pasadena Library is only a few short blocks from there.
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 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.
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!
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.
I love going to baseball events during the offseason! Last Saturday I went to the SABR meeting. Richard Santillan was there to show us the documentary on “Mexican American Baseball in California. I was running a little late to the meeting so I walked in while the film was in progress. I had gone to Olvera Street night before for Dia de Los Muertos so I got up a little late.
Richard was promoting his two books that he co-wrote “Baseball American Baseball in Los Angeles” and “Baseball American Baseball in the Inland Empire.” The next book “Mexican American Baseball in Orange County” is due to come out March 2013. I love the books! and like Richard and Terry Cannon say “It is a community project.”
The next guest was Tim Leary! We had been asked to take baseball artifacts and Barry and others showed some real original ones. I like the 1900 baseball cards
and the poster titled “World Championship Series” of the second game series played at the Polo Grounds.
Tim Leary brought his 1988 Silver Slugger award!
He also brought his 1988 World Series ring!
I really enjoyed listening to Tim Leary. He is a very knowledgeable baseball person. The Dodgers should have him as one of the instructors at the next Winter workouts at Dodger Stadium to talk to the future Dodgers. Leary works part-time for the Dodgers as part of the community speakers but the Dodgers should be fully utilizing his skills.
I am glad to be a member of SABR giving me the opportunity to be among SABR members that blow me away with their knowledge and to attend events where we get speakers like Tim Leary, giving us a chance to hear the person speak and ask questions. I prefer this more personal meeting than a crowded autograph signing where you are rushed thru the line.
Eddie Frierson in “Matty” An Eveving with Christy Mathewson
I am glad also that SABR member Rick told me about the play “Matty” an evening with Christy Mathewson. It was playing at the Fremont Centre Theatre. I went to see it Monday night. I loved it! Eddie Frierson plays Matty. National Public Radio called it “One of the year’s ten best plays!’ the Fremont Centre is a cute little cozy theatre that says it sits 50.
Next event: “Not Exactly Cooperstown”
Friday November 9 at 7:00 p.m. at South Pasadena Library for the screening of “Not Exactly Cooperstown” by filmaker Jon Leonoudakis.
I have seen the screening but I am going back! This program is presented by the South Pasadena Public Library, the Friends of the South Pasadena Library and the Baseball Reliquary. Audience members are asked to “dress Baseball” and a trivia contest with prizes will start the event. The Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street. It is just around the corner of the Fremont Centre Theatre.