SHRINE OF THE ETERNALS 2013 INDUCTION DAY
Sunday, July 21, 2013 ~ 2:00 p.m.
Donald R. Wright
Pasadena Central Library
Walnut Street, Pasadena, California
The Baseball Reliquary will present the
2013 Induction Day ceremony for its fifteenth
class of electees to the Shrine of the Eternals
on Sunday, July 21, 2013, beginning at 2:00
p.m., at the Donald R. Wright Auditorium in the
Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut Street,
Admission is open to the public and free
Please note that seating is limited and
available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Once seating capacity has been reached, we will
have to turn people away at the door.
We encourage attendees to arrive no later
than 1:30 p.m. when the auditorium doors open.
The inductees will be Lefty O’Doul, Eddie
Feigner, and Manny Mota.
The keynote address will be delivered by
In addition, the Baseball Reliquary will
honor the recipients of the 2013 Hilda Award,
Emma Amaya, and the 2013 Tony Salin Memorial
Award, Steve Bandura.
The festivities will commence 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
For further information, contact the
Baseball Reliquary by phone at (626) 791-7647 or
by e-mail at
The 2013 Induction Day is co-sponsored by
the Pasadena Public Library and is made
possible, in part, by a grant from the Los
Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the
Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
Following is a brief overview of the
The National Anthem and “Take Me Out to
the Ball Game” will be performed by
PRICE, Professor of Religious Studies at
Whittier College and a longtime Reliquarian.
In the past 30 years, Price has sung the
National Anthem for more than 30 Major League
games in 20 ballparks throughout the country,
including six times at both Dodger Stadium and
The Big A.
In 2011, Price spent five months during
his sabbatical leave singing the anthem on a
national tour of 104 Minor League ballparks in
The musical segment will be followed by
the presentation of the 2013 Hilda Award to
AMAYA. The Hilda Award, established in
memory of legendary Brooklyn Dodgers fan Hilda
Chester, recognizes distinguished service to the
game by a baseball fan.
Born in Honduras, Amaya has been an avid
Los Angeles Dodgers fan since 1979 and a season
ticket holder since 1981.
In recent years, she has attended most
Dodger home games and some on the road.
During the 2012 season, for instance, she
went to every Dodger home game with the
exception of four that she missed while
attending the national convention of the Society
for American Baseball Research in Minnesota.
What’s really challenging is that she has
been able to attend all of these games while
maintaining a full-time job as a senior
programmer for a manufacturing company.
A strong believer that baseball should be
fun, Amaya has occasionally been seen at Dodger
Stadium dressed up as Hilda Chester, and is well
known by many fans and employees at Chavez
Ravine, in addition to a number of current and
former Dodger players.
She also shares her addiction to the
Dodgers and baseball, and her love of Dodger
Stadium, which she proudly refers to as “Our
Lady of Chavez Ravine,” through her blog,
The 2013 Tony Salin Memorial Award will
be presented to
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
The recreation director at the Marian
Anderson Recreation Center in South
Philadelphia, Bandura coaches the Anderson
Monarchs little league baseball team.
In 2012, in honor of the 65th
anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s breaking of the
color line, Bandura rented a 1947 tour bus and
took the team, comprised of fifteen 10- and
11-year-olds, on a 22-day, 4,000-mile
barnstorming tour in the tradition of the old
Negro League teams.
The once-in-a-lifetime trip began with a
visit to Jackie Robinson’s gravesite in
Brooklyn, and included stops in Pittsburgh,
Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, Kansas City, and
Along the way, the Monarchs played 17
games against local little league teams, and the
youngsters got to visit historic baseball sites,
meet surviving players from the Negro Leagues,
and learn much about the legacy of African
American baseball in the years before the game’s
Of his young players, Bandura has said,
“They are solely responsible for shattering
stereotypes and breaking down barriers wherever
They show the world what can be
accomplished when inner city kids are given
opportunies to succeed.”
Following the award presentations, the
2013 keynote address will be delivered by
ZIRIN, one of the most original voices to
emerge from the field of sportswriting in recent
Named one of
Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing
Our World,” Zirin writes about the politics of
Nation, and is the first sportswriter in the
magazine’s nearly 150 years of existence.
Winner of Sport in Society and
Northeastern University School of Journalism’s
2011 “Excellence in Sports Journalism” Award, he
hosts Sirius XM Radio’s popular weekly show,
Also a columnist for
Magazine, Zirin has been hailed as “the
conscience of American sportswriting” by
Washington Post and “the best sportswriter
in the United States” by Robert Lipsyte.
Zirin’s books, including the recent
Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World
Upside Down, demonstrate his strong
commitment to social justice.
He has brought his blend of sports and
politics to many television and radio programs,
the Lines and National Public Radio’s
The keynote address will be followed by
the formal induction of the 2013 class of
electees to the Baseball Reliquary.
Born and raised in San Francisco,
“LEFTY” O’DOUL (1897-1969) became one of the
greatest sports legends in that city’s history.
Lionized as one of the greatest managers
in minor league history, O’Doul started his
baseball career in the Pacific Coast League with
the hometown San Francisco Seals, and enjoyed
minor success as a relief pitcher with the New
York Yankees and Boston Red Sox in the early
Switching to the outfield after
developing a sore arm, O’Doul won batting
championships in Philadelphia in 1929 (where he
paced the National League with 254 hits and a
lusty .398 average) and Brooklyn in 1932.
Returning to San Francisco, he was hired
to manage the PCL Seals in 1935, just in time to
tutor a young phenom named Joe DiMaggio in the
finer points of the game.
He managed the Seals through 1951,
winning five championships, including an
impressive skein of four-in-a-row from 1943 to
He continued managing with other
franchises in the PCL until his retirement in
Recognized as a key figure in the
development of professional baseball in Japan,
O’Doul visited the country on goodwill baseball
tours throughout the 1930s, leading
instructional sessions, touring with American
teams, and organizing reciprocal visits to the
U.S. by Japanese players.
In 2002 he was elected to the Japanese
Baseball Hall of Fame in recognition for his
promotion of the sport.
Shortly after retiring from managing, he
embarked at age 60 on a new career as a
restaurateur, opening and operating Lefty
O’Doul’s, a legendary San Francisco watering
hole and just possibly the very first sports bar
Lefty O’Doul’s induction will be accepted
by his cousin,
O’DOUL, on behalf of the O’Doul Family.
Lefty will be introduced by author,
filmmaker, and historian
A former recipient of the Baseball
Reliquary’s Tony Salin Memorial Award (2006),
Nakagawa has, for the last 17 years, served as
project director of the Nisei Baseball Research
Project, whose mission is to bring awareness and
education about Japanese American internment
camps through the prism of baseball.
Over the years, the NBRP has co-hosted
many events honoring Lefty O’Doul, including his
election to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame.
One of the greatest ambassadors the
sports world has ever known,
FEIGNER (1925-2007) was the most legendary
softball player who ever lived.
For 60 years, Feigner’s four-man
barnstorming team, “The King and His Court,”
annually toured 400 towns and cities across the
nation, competing against the best full nine and
ten-man squads that could be assembled.
Feigner’s lifetime stats are a testament
to a pitching arm that was a wonder of
anatomical science: he recorded 140,000
strikeouts, while amassing 9,700 wins, 930
no-hitters, and 238 perfect games.
In his prime, Feigner’s fastball was
clocked at 104 mph, and getting a hit off him
was enough to make one a local celebrity.
While pitching behind his back, through
his legs, blindfolded, and from second base,
Feigner dazzled more than 200 million fans in
person – including those in every Major League
stadium – and uncountable more on national TV
Feigner’s most incredible feat took place
at Dodger Stadium in 1967 during a nationally
televised softball exhibition game when he
consecutively struck out All-Stars Maury Wills,
Harmon Killebrew, Brooks Robinson, Willie Mays,
Willie McCovey, and Roberto Clemente.
During the game he also fanned Pete Rose
twice for good measure.
“It was a mismatch,” Feigner recalled.
“A baseball batter has no concept of how
to hit a fastball that rises like mine, or
sliders and curves that break 18 inches.”
A stroke in 2000 ended the master
showman’s playing career at age 75.
He continued to tour with the team,
however, delighting crowds with his wry and
colorful play-by-play announcing until his death
Eddie Feigner’s induction will be
accepted by his wife,
ANNE MARIE FEIGNER, who toured the country
with her husband and was the only woman to play
for The King and His Court.
Queen Anne Marie also co-authored the
King’s biography, entitled
Feigner: From an Orphan to a King.
Feigner will be introduced by his No.
1 fan in Southern California, Steve Fjeldsted,
City Librarian for the South Pasadena Public
Fjeldsted regularly presents a variety of
baseball programs at the South Pasadena Public
Library, often in collaboration with the
Recent events have included a book
signing and discussion with Josh Wilker, author
Cardboard Gods: An All-American Tale Told
Through Baseball Cards; a screening of Jon
Leonoudakis’s documentary on the Baseball
Exactly Cooperstown; and a screening of John
Scheinfeld’s documentary about the extraordinary
love affair between Chicago and its Cubs,
Born in the Dominican Republic in 1938,
MOTA debuted as an outfielder with the San
Francisco Giants in 1962, playing with and
learning from stars like Willie Mays, Felipe
Alou, and Orlando Cepeda.
The right-handed batter continued
his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the
Montreal Expos, and, most notably, the Los
Angeles Dodgers, establishing himself as one of
the greatest pinch hitters of all time.
During his time with the Dodgers
(1969-1982), Mota appeared in four World Series,
ultimately retiring with a .304 career average
and the all-time record for pinch hits (150), a
mark since broken by Lenny Harris and Mark
Between 1980 and 2012, Mota served as a
coach with the Dodgers, the longest-tenured
coach in the team’s history; his 33 consecutive
years as a coach is second in longevity only to
Nick Altrock, who spent 42 years as a coach for
the old Washington Senators.
Now 75 years of age, Mota remains an
active force within the Dodgers organization and
He serves as a minor league hitting
instructor and lends his expert analysis to the
Dodgers’ Spanish-language television broadcasts.
Mota and his wife Margarita operate the
Manny Mota International Foundation, a
humanitarian organization that provides
resources and assistance to disadvantaged youth
in both the Dominican Republic and the United
Mota will be present to personally accept
his induction, and will be introduced by one of
MOTA, a former Major League player who is
now a popular broadcaster for the Los Angeles
Angels of Anaheim.
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
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,
Trip in Baseball’s Time Machine: Photography at
the Field of Dreams (details
which is being presented in the display cases in
the Business and Humanities Wings, and the