The BASEBALL RELIQUARY Inc.
Baseball Reliquary Announces Candidates for
The Baseball Reliquary, Inc. has
announced its list of fifty eligible candidates
for the 2010 election of the Shrine of the
Eternals, the membership organization’s
equivalent to the Baseball Hall of Fame. This
year marks the twelfth annual election of the
Shrine, a major national component of the
Baseball Reliquary, a Southern California-based
organization dedicated to fostering an
appreciation of American art and culture through
the context of baseball history. The
thirty-three individuals previously elected to
the Shrine of the Eternals are, in alphabetical
order: Jim Abbott, Dick Allen, Emmett Ashford,
Moe Berg, Yogi Berra, Ila Borders, Jim Bouton,
Jim Brosnan, Bill Buckner, Roberto Clemente,
Steve Dalkowski, Rod Dedeaux, Jim Eisenreich,
Dock Ellis, Mark Fidrych, Curt Flood, Josh
Gibson, William “Dummy” Hoy, Shoeless Joe
Jackson, Bill James, Bill “Spaceman” Lee, Roger
Maris, Marvin Miller, Minnie Minoso, Buck
O’Neil, Satchel Paige, Jimmy Piersall, Pam
Postema, Jackie Robinson, Lester Rodney,
Fernando Valenzuela, Bill Veeck, Jr., and
ROGER ANGELL (b. 1920) – self-described baseball “reporter” whose elegant and masterful prose, and remarkable power of observation, on display for years through his books and essays in The New Yorker magazine, established a new standard for baseball journalism.
STEVE BLASS (b. 1942) – one of the National League’s top pitchers in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Blass inexplicably lost his control after winning a career-high 19 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1972; while no definitive explanation has ever been given for his sudden ineffectiveness, Blass was out of baseball by 1975, and to this day pitchers who have had success and then mysteriously could not find the strike zone are referred to as having “Steve Blass disease.”
JAY BUHNER (b. 1964) – one of the most beloved and charismatic ballplayers of his era, Buhner was a right-handed power hitter for the Seattle Mariners from 1988-2001, known as much for his shaved scalp, goatee, free-spirited ways, and occasional fielding miscues (hence his nickname “Bonehead,” or “Bone” for short) as for his dramatic home runs.
JEFFERSON BURDICK (1900-1963) – often referred to as “the father of card collecting,” Burdick amassed a collection of 300,000-plus trading cards, including over 30,000 baseball cards, for which he developed a system of cataloging that remains in use today; he eventually would donate his collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and remains a stellar example of the baseball card collector as researcher and scholar rather than speculator and celebrity hunter.
HECTOR ESPINO (1939-1997) – known as “the Babe Ruth of Mexico,” Espino slugged over 450 home runs between 1962 and 1984 in the Mexican League, while steadfastly refusing to play in the United States because of the racism he encountered while playing in Florida during the Civil Rights era; a true national hero along the lines of Jackie Robinson (his number 21 was retired by all Mexican professional teams), he was admired by fans throughout Mexico as much for his sense of pride and loyalty for his country as for his incomparable baseball skills.
EDDIE GRANT (1883-1918) – the first major league ballplayer killed in action during World War I, the Harvard-educated Grant was a light-hitting infielder for the Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, and New York Giants from 1907 to 1915; his unusual academic pedigree stood out in an era when many fellow players were barely literate, and his bravery was honored by a legendary granite monument that stood for decades in New York City’s Polo Grounds.
CONRADO MARRERO (b. 1911) – the elder statesman of Cuban baseball, the diminutive 5-foot-7 Marrero was a great amateur pitcher in his homeland before joining the Washington Senators from 1950 to 1954; after returning to Cuba, where he is reportedly the last surviving major leaguer living on the island, he taught baseball to children and became a beloved goodwill ambassador for the amateur game.
FRANK O’ROURKE (1916-1989) – one of the greatest, albeit largely unknown, baseball fiction writers of the post-World War II era, O’Rourke authored gritty, highly realistic short stories and novels that were influenced by his ballplaying experiences (he even worked out with the Philadelphia Phillies in spring training in the late 1940s) and his intimacy with the major leaguers he used for his fictional characters.
PETE ROSE (b. 1941) – the inimitable “Charlie Hustle” began his assault on the record books in 1963 as the first piece of what would become the Big Red Machine; his prowess at hitting a baseball would be matched only by his penchant for generating controversy, and, in the eyes of many, his eventual placement on baseball’s ineligible list and banishment from the Hall of Fame made what he had achieved between the white lines seem irrelevant.
MAURY WILLS (b. 1932) –
single-handedly restoring the stolen base as a
potent offensive weapon with the Dodgers in the
1960s, paving the way for the even greater
stardom of Hall-of-Famers Lou Brock and Rickey
Henderson, Wills electrified the baseball world
by stealing 104 bases in his 1962 MVP season;
but his popularity and public acclaim came with
a steep price, as he would eventually battle
cocaine and alcohol addiction.
A complete list of all fifty candidates
for the 2010 election of the Shrine of the
Eternals follows. Election packets, containing
ballots and biographical profiles of all
candidates, will be mailed to Baseball Reliquary
members on April 1, 2010. To be eligible to
vote, all persons must have their minimum $25.00
annual membership dues paid as of March 31,
THE SHRINE OF THE
|1. Hank Aguirre (6)||26. Mike "King" Kelly (3)|
|2. Roger Angell (2)||27. Effa Manley (12)|
|3. Eliot Asinof (7)||28. Conrado Marrero (New!)|
|4. Billy Bean (8)||29. Dr. Mike Marshall (5)|
|5. Steve Blass (New!)||30. Jocko Maxwell (2)|
|6. Chet Brewer (11)||31. Tug McGraw (7)|
|7. Charlie Brown (3)||32. "Nuf Ced" McGreevey (4)|
|8. Jay Buhner (New!)||33. Fred Merkle (4)|
|9. Jefferson Burdick (New!)||34. Manny Mota (3)|
|10. Helen Callaghan (7)||35. Frank O’Rourke (New!)|
|11. Charles M. Conlon (9)||36. Phil Pote (8)|
|12. Dizzy Dean (10)||37. Vic Power (2)|
|13. Ed Delahanty (7)||38. Dan Quisenberry (4)|
|14. Buck Dent (2)||39. J.R. Richard (11)|
|15. Hector Espino (New!)||40. Pete Rose (New!)|
|16. Eddie Feigner (10)||41. Rusty Staub (5)|
|17. Lisa Fernandez (10)||42. Casey Stengel (12)|
|18. Rube Foster (12)||43. Chuck Stevens (2)|
|19. Ted Giannoulas (8)||44. Luis Tiant (8)|
|20. Eddie Grant (New!)||45. Fay Vincent (9)|
|21. Jim "Mudcat" Grant (6)||46. Rube Waddell (12)|
|22. Pete Gray (12)||47. John Montgomery Ward (4)|
|23. Ernie Harwell (7)||48. Maury Wills (New!)|
|24. Dr. Frank Jobe (8)||49. Wally Yonamine (3)|
|25. Charles "Pop" Kelchner (3)||50. Don Zimmer (6)|