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August through October 2002

August 1-August 31, 2002
Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA

            The Baseball Reliquary will present an exhibition of artworks and artifacts, including new and recent acquisitions, at the Pasadena Central Library. The displays in the Reference & Business Wing and Ria C. Lee Humanities Wing will include all twelve of the inductee plaques for the Shrine of the Eternals from its inception in 1999 through this year’s 2002 class. Library hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM; Friday and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM; and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 PM.


Sunday, August 25, 2002 ~ 2:00 PM
Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA

            Managed by Michael C. Ford, who has scoured Southern California’s sandlots to compile a roster of heavy-hitting and rubber-armed literary figures, the Los Angeles Bards, the newest team on the Southland sporting scene, will take a swing at the national pastime, reading a crackerjack selection of baseball poetry and prose. This  Murderer’s Row of wordsmiths will include Noah Blaustein, Michael C. Ford, Eloise Klein Healy, Joel Lipman, Gerald Locklin, Philomene Long, Bill Mohr, Harry E. Northup, Joan Jobe Smith,and Fred Voss.  Join us in the grandstanzas at the Donald R. Wright Auditorium of the Pasadena Central Library for the tossing out of the first metaphor at 2:00 PM. Free admission and autographs. This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.


Sunday, September 22, 2002 ~ 2:00 PM
Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA

            Dan Einstein, television archivist at the UCLA Film and Television Archive, will introduce and present the United States Steel Hour’s acclaimed 1956 CBS production of Bang the Drum Slowly, written by Arnold Schulman and based on the novel by Mark Harris. The story of the relationship between a star pitcher and a journeyman catcher dying of Hodgkin’s disease, this television version of Bang the Drum Slowly stars Paul Newman and Albert Salmi in roles later played by Michael Moriarty and Robert DeNiro in the 1973 film adaptation of Harris’ novel. In addition, Einstein will present selected baseball short subjects from UCLA’s extensive television collection. The program will be held in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium of the Pasadena Central Library, beginning at 2:00 PM. Free admission.


Saturday, October 19, 2002 ~ Call for times
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA

             Actor, historian, and educator John “Chuck” Chalberg, who teaches American history at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota, will present two separate workshops, one for young people and one for adults, which explore the cultural legacies of Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey.
The youth workshop, entitled Your Sporting Life — and Jackie’s, will examine the following topics: What does sport mean to you? What did it mean to a young Branch Rickey and to Jackie Robinson? Where does baseball fit into your life and into the life of the country? Why has baseball always been so popular? What sports appeal to you and why? What sports don’t have great appeal and why?
The workshop for adults, entitled Baseball and the Three R’s: Rickey, Robinson, and Race, will focus on such subjects as: What role has race played in the history of American baseball? Has baseball been ahead of the civil rights movement or behind it? Was Branch Rickey a true pioneer or not? Was Jackie Robinson the “perfect” trailblazer?
Admission is free to both workshops. Phone (626) 791-7647 for times.


Sunday, October 20, 2002 ~ 2:00 PM
Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA

             John “Chuck” Chalberg has been acclaimed for his one-man theatrical presentations which bring to life historical figures such as Teddy Roosevelt, G.K. Chesterton, H.L. Mencken, and Branch Rickey. The Baseball Reliquary presents the West Coast premiere of Chalberg’s provocative and compelling performance as Branch Rickey, the cigar-chomping and teetotaling Brooklyn Dodgers executive who is best remembered as the man who hired Jackie Robinson to break major league baseball’s color barrier and in the process changed the face of America. Chalberg has performed frequently as Branch Rickey in chautauqua tents throughout the Midwest, with much of the historical material compiled from the research and writing of his book, Rickey & Robinson: The Preacher, the Player, and America’s Game, published in 2000 by Harlan Davidson, Inc., Wheeling, Illinois. Free admission.

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