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.
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
Lucky Strike Lanes L.A. LIVE
Thursday, August 23, 2012
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
Barbarroja Chad Billingsley
Jaime Jarrin has nicknamed Chad Billingsley Barbarroja because his beard is coming out red. Jaime said during one of his transmission that he told Billingsley that he calls him that. Billz said he likes it.
There is a Barbarroja beer in Argentina.
Billingsley record with the beard is is 5-0 in his last five games with a 1.56 ERA
El Cochito Luis Cruz
Jaime Jarrin and Pepe Yniguez report that El Cochito Cruz talks to his dad every day about how he is doing. His dad watches him on the internet. He tells him “you did this right, you should open this way, you did this wrong. Cochito cruz Sr. used to play in the Mexican League. As I edit this Cochito Cruz just hit a homerun!
The Nickname: Cochito
The nickname “Cochito” refers to “el Cochinito” which means a little pig. Luis Cruz Sr. was known by that last name so his son inherited the nickname.
Back to Back to Back Homeruns
Congratulatios to the guys that hit the back to back to back Hanley Ramirez, Loney and CochitoCruz. If someone had told you that there were four homeruns in the Dodger game you would have figured that Kemp and Ethier were included in there but no. There were four hits in the game and all four were homeruns.
The Baseball Reliquary and “Not Exactly Cooperstown”
Watching the game and later I am heading to the the Pasadena Library for the screening of “Not Exactly Cooperstown” Tom Hoffarth has a Q&A with the filmmaker Jon Leonoudakis hhttp://www.dailynews.com/sports/ci_21347428/sunday-q-tom-hoffarth-filmmaker-happy-reliquary-is
Jon is a Giant fan but I don’t hold that against him but I want to see what he has to say about Melky. Oh yeah, fans are encouraged to show up dressed in their baseball gear. I think I will dress as Hilda Chester. Still looking for my bag that says “Hilda is Here!”
Get away game for the Dodgers with the Braves then home to play three with the Giants. Go Dodgers!
Happy birthday Roberto Clemente! Roberto would have been 78 today August 18, 2012. In addition to heck of a player, he was a great humanitarian.
Today is also my friend Lorena’s birthday. Happy birthday kid! That is nice that you share a birthday with the great one, Roberto Clemente.
Dodgers in Atlanta. Civil Right Game. Don NewCombe
Dodgers at Atlanta. They have lost two in a row. Don Mattingly will start serving his two day suspension today. It does not look like Matt Kemp will be suspended. Angel Campos should not have ejected him for cheering for Andre Ethier. Today is the Civil Right game.
Today Don Newcombe received the Beacon of Hope Award. Congratulations Mr. Newcombe!
Not Exactly Cooperstown
Tomorrow at the Pasadena Library is premier of the documentary “Not Exactly Cooperstown” by Jon Leonoudakis.
World Premiere:Sunday, August 19, 2012, 2:00 p.m.
Pasadena Central Library
285 East Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
Fans are encouraged to go dressed in their favorite baseball attire for a chance of a prize. I am looking forward to it. For more information go to http://notexactlycooperstown.com
ref: Pittsburgmagazine, Jon SooHoo, Baseball Reliquary, Jon Leonoudakis