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:
The Dodgers start their 10 game road trip tonight with the Miami Marlins but no worries, there are some baseball related events in the Southland.
Baseball Exhibition at LAFAM
The museum of Art & Folk located on 5814 Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles has a baseball exhbition from the private collection of Gary Cypres. the exhibition runs until September 9, 2012. I went last night to see the panel discussion on the history of community baseball in Los Angeles as put together by Terry Cannon, founder of the Baseball Reliquary.
“Bad Moon Rising Baseball and the Summer of ’68” A Baseball Reliquary exhibition at the Burbank Central Library.
The exhibition runs until September 27, 2012. The Burbank Central Library is located at 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd. Burbank, CA.
Little League Baseball in San Bernardino Saturday 8/11/2012 at 1: pm
The Grensham, Oregon Little League team will play against the kids from Post Falls, Idaho Little League. Fernando Valenzuela is throwing out the first pitch. The location:
Little League Western Region Headquarters
6707 Little League Dr.
San Bernardino, Ca 92407
I will be at the Little League Western Region Headquarters tomorrow then is home to watch the Dodgers.
I was coming out of work when I heard Dee Gordon hit a homerun. I stopped to double check that on MLB At Bat 12. Yep! is true! he hit one out! Of course I had to watch it too. He put it a few rows up. Congratulations @skinnyswag! Dee is in my baseball fantasy team. This time Dee could take his time running around the bases.
pic by Jon SooHoo
Those two are not the only ones that had a bet going. About a month ago I was having dinner with friends Terry of http://www.baseballreliquary.org/ and Steve Seemayer of http://labluebum.com/. Terry bet Steve that Dee Gordon would hit a homerun this year. The bet: the big sum of $1. 🙂
Dodgers were leading 4-0 in the first inning but as we all know, no lead is safe in Colorado. The score ended up being 7-6. Javy Guerra, yes, Javy Guerra saved the game! The snuggie curse on Javy has been lifted. Not posting another picture with the snuggie. I don’t want to upset the baseball gods or Santa Rita, the Baseball saint.
I felt asleep adding this post. hit post before I was done so update below.
#20 MLB Fan ranking for April 2012. Don Sutton.
Thank you all that visit my blog! It came in at #20 for the MLB Fan blogs. #20 is Don Sutton retired number. I saw him briefly When Atlanta was at Dodger Stadium. I asked Don if I could have a picture with him. He asked for what. I said for my blog and he said no, something about a bad experience. I was OK with it so I told him “Have a great day!”
OK, so I don’t know what made me check this but did you know that Don Sutton never had a homerun?
I went to the Kings Game yesterday as it was Dodger Pride Night. Here is a picture of my friends and I at the game. In the picture Enrique, Ernest, Dee, William, Deuce, Sylvia, Rosie, Lorena & I.
Steve Yeager was at the game!
I like this shirt that Ron (Fansince53) was sporting at the game.
Ned Colletti and King’s mascot Bailey.
Later on today I am heading to The Baseball Reliquary Presents “Occupy Chavez Ravine: The “Blue Bum” Paintings of Stephen Seemayer.
“The Last Day of This World?” by Stephen Seemayer (24” x 24,” aerosol enamel, latex, and photo collage on wood panel). Created for Dodgers/Padres series of September 23-25, 2011. On display in the exhibition, Occupy Chavez Ravine: The “Blue Bum” Paintings of Stephen Seemayer.
The exhibition at the West Covina Library has been there since February 4th and will be there until March 29, 2012. Steve is part of the Top Deck Season ticket holder family. Go see the exhibition and become a member of the Baseball Reliquary. Information about event here: http://www.baseballreliquary.org/OccupyChavezRavine.htm Also check out Steve’s website here http://www.labluebum.com/
Location: West Covina Library
Address: 1601 West Covina Parkway, West Covina, California
I love all these events at the libraries! Here is a picture of Terry Cannon, the President and founder of the Reliquary and Stephen Seemayer. We are the Los Angeles Archives Bazaar at the Doheny Library, USC.
Another picture of Terry’s exhibition of the Baseball Reliquary at the Doheny Library. Let’s see if I can find my Baseball Reliquary t-shirt like the one in the picture.
Baseball Reliquary membership: $25. Here is Terry Cannon with Benito
One of Steve’s paintings with Haiku from a game against the Angels:
Come and check out the exhibition today and meet Steve or go to the West Covina another day to check it out.