Shrine of the Eternals
2006 Induction Day
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Despite temperatures reaching a scorching 112 degrees (making it the hottest day on record in Pasadena), a standing-room-only crowd attended the 2006 Induction Day ceremony for the eighth class of electees to the Shrine of the Eternals on Sunday, July 23, 2006, in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium, Pasadena Central Library, Pasadena, California. Nearly 200 people were on hand to celebrate the inductions of Josh Gibson, Fernando Valenzuela, and Kenichi Zenimura, who were elected by the membership of the Baseball Reliquary in voting conducted in April 2006. The inductees received the highest number of votes from a ballot consisting of fifty candidates.
The keynote address was delivered by Samuel O. Regalado, a professor of history at California State University, Stanislaus. In addition, the Baseball Reliquary honored the recipients of the 2006 Hilda Award, Bill Murray, and the 2006 Tony Salin Memorial Award, Kerry Yo Nakagawa. All photos courtesy of Jeff Levie.
For additional photos and coverage of the ceremony, see Don Malcolm’s article, “In Praise of Otherness: Pioneer Days at the Baseball Reliquary’s Induction Ceremony,” and Mikey Hirano Culross’ article, “They Led by Being” (link no longer works).