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.
Dodgers lost to the Cardinals. It was another frustrating night at Dodger Stadium with the team lack of hitting.
The highlight of the game on Thursday: the Cool-A-Coo! It hit the spot and brought back so many memories back when I used to watch Fernando pitch, back when Scioscia was behind home plate, back when the team was known as “The Big Blue Wrecking Crew”
Another highlight last night: Hanging out with friends especially Lore and little Rachel
Here is Rachel again. She is a cutie. She and her sister Elizabeth and her parents are season ticket holders. I’ve been seeing since they were babies.
Jaime Jarrin’s Hollywood Star Anniversary.
On this day, September 14, 1998 – Jaime Jarrin received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
You can find the star on the north side of the 6300 block of Hollywood Boulevard. Happy anniversary sr. Jaime!
Feliz Dia de El Locutor
Hoy Septiember 14, es El Dia de El Locutor en Mexico. Today is Day of the Broadcaster in Mexico.
Felicidades a Jaime Jarrin, Pepe Yniguez y a Fernando Valenzuela! Ojala que celebren con una victoria de los Dodgers. Let’s hope you celebrate with a Dodger victory. Feliciadades muchachos!
Baseball Prospectus event at Dodger Stadium
Saturday I am looking forward to attending the Baseball Prospectus event at Dodger Stadium. In addition to meeting many of Baseball Prospectus personalities, Vin Scully will also make a special appearance!
There will also be a question and answer session with industry guests including Los Angeles Dodgers Assistant GM, Amateur and International Scouting Logan White.
The private event is sold out so I am glad that I signed up!
So I was remembering reading about the time Hilda Chester colored her hair red to change the Dodgers luck. They went on to win that day.
The following is the copy of the latest Dodger Magazine:
In it, it shows Dodger fans that have had their season tickets for 30 years or more. Although I started 30 years ago as a season ticket holder, my total years do not equal that. I do have friends in that picture.
The September magazine saluted us fans as the 10th player! Is nice to have a magazine dedicated to us fans. In addition to a salute to the long time season ticket holders, the Dodgers took the time to interview a lot of Dodger fans for the magazine like the Aisle 2 Crew in the Reserved and yours truly.
Jorge Martin approached me in the last Viva Los Dodgers event when he spotted me wearing a Javy Guerra batting practice jersey. I had spotted the jersey in the club level and although it fits me big, I just had to buy it. Here is the article in the magazine with the pictures
EMMA IS HERE . Emma Amaya shows her loyalty is True Blue By Jorge Martin & Cary Osborne
WHEN EMMA AMAYA calls Dodger Stadium “my second home, my second family,” she’s not kidding. Amaya is a fixture in the Top Deck in her season seats, but when the Dodgers are away from home or out of season, her passion for the team remains strong.
She Flew to Minnesota this year to catch the Dodgers during an interleague series. She is a regular at autograph signings around the southland. Often camping out for hours to assure herself a great spot. She even visited Citi Field in New York to see the Brooklyn Dodgers memorabilia, especially the Jackie Robinson exhibit. Amaya even gave Dodger Reliever Javy Guerra a book about the history of Mexican baseball players who have played in Los Angeles, something that Guerra had started to read.
You see, Amaya takes this “Dodger family” stuff really seriously. Amaya said she grew up a football fan. A boyfriend took her to Dodger Stadium one time and she was hooked. Before long Amaya began coming regularly to games with a friend who educated her on the Brooklyn Dodgers, Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale.
Now it’s her doing the educating. During the Brooklyn days, the biggest superfan was Hilda Chester. Chester was a regular at Ebbets Field, but achieved fame by banging a frying pan with an iron ladle from her seat in the bleachers. people took notice.
(Left) Amaya posed with Duke Snider’s half of Fame plaque.
Including Dodger players who in the 1930’s presented her with a cowbell. After suffering a second heart attach, it is said that former Dodger manager Leo Durocher visited her in the hospital. She returned to the bleaches with her Brooklyn accent and cowbell to cheer sounding as strong as ever. A sign near her seat would proclaim, “Hilda is Here!”
Amaya doesn’t fashion herself exactly as a 21st Century Hilda Chester, but she did come to Opening Day last season dressed as the legendary fan. a curious usher asked about her costume.
“Look her up,” Amaya told the usher. “When I come here tomorrow, you tell me something that tells me you did look it up.”
The Next Day, the usher saw Amaya and yelled out one of Chester’s favorite lines, “EAT YOUR HEART OUT, YOU BUMS!”
Amaya speaks affectionately and nostalgically about the Dodgers, pointing out that the first year that she had season tickets was 1981–The year of Fernandomania and the World Series against the New York Yankees. A computer programmer from El Monte, Amaya has also helped build communities both in and around Dodger Stadium. sh has developed bonds with Dodger fans on Twitter and the regulars at her Top Deck seats at Dodger Stadium, and has even gone to Dodger related events with the people she sits with at games.
One of those events led to a memorable exchange with a Dodger player. After Matt Kemp hit a 10th inning walk-off single on August 12, Amaya and a friend immediately left from Dodger Stadium and headed down to Redondo Beach. They They camped out outside of a store where Kemp was to sign autographs the following morning. amaya finally made her way to the front of the line and met Kemp, who after hearing about her coming striahgt from the game asked Amaya, “Did you eat?”
Kemp might have been thinking about theat interaction when he did another autograph signing on Aug. 26. On that day, Kemp ordered pizza for everyone in line.
Amaya smiles easily when she talks about the team she has pent more than three decades following closely. she summed up so much of what keeps brning her back day after day, year after year when she said: “I love watching a triple, I love watching a pitcher’s duel. I love watching a well-executed double play. I love the game, and I love the Dodgers”
Thank you Dodgers! Thank you Jorge Martin & Cary Osborne and all that contributed to the article. I am humble by it all.
Here is a picture of Jayv Guerra holding the book I gave him:
Last year I attended an event sponsored by the Baseball Reliquary titled “The Dodger Giant Rivalry” On one corner you had Arnold Hano and on the other Ross Porter. Jean Ardell was the moderator.
At that time I had not read Arnold Hano’s book “A Day in the Bleachers“. Now that I am reading this book, I wish I had an opportunity to ask Mr. Hano some questions.
I had seen this book a few times before, but I never got the inclination to read it, the reason: Well, because is about the Giants. But is more than about the Giants. Is about 1954, the Cleveland Indians. Is about a different era, a ballpark that does not exist. About a time that you did not have to pay so much money to see a World Series game. A more innocent time. Is about Baseball History.
The book has a wonderful introduction by by Roger Kahn. The game starts where Mr. Hano tells his wife he will go to the stadium early to stand in line to get a ticket in the bleachers. Once he gets there, he has his doubts if he can get in after seeing the long line to get into the bleachers. But his thinking is that if not, he will purchase a standing room only ticket. He barely makes it in and once he is in, you feel like you have been transported to that era and that you are there at the Polo Grounds. Mr. Hano is a wonderful story teller.
I am half way thru the book (5th inning) and the score is tied 2-2. Sal Maglio is pitching for the Giants and Bob Lemon for the Indians.
Harold Cano tells this:
but not all the fans were on Maglie’s side. As he mounted the stairs a woman in a red beret to my right and about five rows down shouted that he’d be getting an early shower. I leaped into the fray and announced to all and sundry that she was an American-League bum.
She stood up, turned around faced me “Who says I’m an American-League bum?” she yelled.
I said, “I say so. You’re an American-League bum.”
she held up a banner and waved it at me. It read”Brooklyn Dodgers.”
Could she had been Hilda Chester?
I will be heading to Dodger Stadium soon. I am taking my aunt Nora with me and afterwards we’ll go to dinner.
I like to share this with you all about Hilda Chester and Walter O’Malley.
In 1953, Hilda Chester had dyed her hair a flaming red color. On May 10 of that year, the Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-0, on Mothers’ Day moving into first place with a 14-7 record. Billy Loes pitched his only shutout of the season and catcher Roy Campanella drove in all five runs, belting his 10th home run of the season and a double, prompting a happy Walter O’Malley to call a florist during the game to immediately deliver a huge bouquet of flowers to Chester in a box near the Phillies’ dugout.
The card to her signed by O’Malley read: “To Brooklyn’s newest redheaded mother.”
Chester was outside Ebbets Field showing her flowers to many fans long after the game had ended.
“Now wasn’t that the nicest thing for Mr. O’Malley to do,” said a teary-eyed Chester.
Source: Roscoe McGowen, New York Times, May 20, 1953
Happy Mothers day to all she-fans!
I am wearing my red wig today to honor Hilda.
Ubaldo Jimenez against Clayton Kershaw today. I got both of them in baseball fantasy team so is a win-win situation.
Congratulations to Andre Ethier on his first grand slam!
Boy, first the Dodgers are winning 10-3 and then the final score ended up 10-8. Russ Ortiz could not finish the game. Wish we still had Eric Stults. We get chicken wings from Claim Jumper when the Dodgers score 10 runs but as much as I would love the chicken wings, I rather keep the ticket.
Ok, so finally got the video that my brother Vic took of Erik and I dressed as the Brooklyn Bum and Hilda Chetster. The was the first and only take so stumble thru it. My brother ran into a car while walking and recording the video.
Apologies for the singing. We should have been given a chance to redo it!
Wish you could see the Brooklyn Bum flower. It has a petal marked with each year since 1988.
The day was finally here! The Dodgers Home Opener! I could hardly sleep the night before of the excitment! This IS CHRISTMAS FOR ADULTS!!
My friend Erik and I have planning for this day getting our costumes together. Erik was dressed as Willard Mullin’s Brooklyn Bum and I as superfan Hilda Chester.
I was hoping to have a video that my brother Vic was recording but I don’t know how to put it here and it got to be too late. Wish you could see my friend’s feet. He cut one of his shoes to really look like a bum and I am wearing sox with shoes like pictures I have seen of Hilda.
If you don’t know who Hilda Chester was, look it up! She is even in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Complain. A security guy at Dodger Stadium in the field level was following us around make sure that we turned our bags (they were bags where we put stuff like our radio, magazine) inside out. He did not want what we wrote about to show. What is wrong with what it says!??? “This IS Next Year” “Hilda is Here!” Security guy (I think his name is Guy) should have been more concern with fans (guys and women)that were drinking too much. I won’t go into some detail of some disgusting things I saw). I know no signs are permitted at Dodger Stadium but these are bags Erik’s mom made for us! I also took off the inside of my cowbells so I was not making any noise.
WE WON! We won 9=5!
Manny went yard!
Beadrless Casey Blake went yard!
Matt Kemp went Yard! His GF was at the game.
Andre Ethier went Yard!
I have more pictures but super busy at work because I took the day off yesterday! Note: I started this entry last night at home and just finished it off today. Thank you all for reading!