The Baseball Reliquary Presents
Saturday, May 19, 2012 ~ 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Arcadia Public Library, 20 W. Duarte Road,
Information: (626) 791-7647 or
In conjunction with the exhibition, “Bill
Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick,” the
Baseball Reliquary presents “VeeckFest,” an
in-depth look at the life and times of Bill
Veeck, on Saturday, May 19, 2012, from 1:00 to
5:00 p.m., at the Arcadia Public Library
The event will include a panel
discussion, film screening, and book signing.
“VeeckFest” will begin at 1:00 p.m. with
opening remarks by author and historian Paul
Dickson, whose biography,
Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick, was the
inspiration for the exhibition of the same
A panel discussion between 1:30 and 3:00
p.m., including Q&A, will include Dickson;
sportswriters John Schulian and Ron Rapoport,
who covered Veeck for the
Sun-Times and other publications; and
screenwriter/filmmaker Ken Solarz, who owns the
movie rights to Veeck’s 1962 autobiography,
Other panelists may be announced.
A film screening will be held between
3:00 and 4:00 pm, which will include
Man For Any Season, a 28-minute documentary
produced and directed by Tom Weinberg and Jamie
Ceaser, and originally broadcast on WTTW/Chicago
Produced the year before he died, the
documentary is an intimate portrait of the man
and his world, narrated by Veeck’s wife, Mary
In addition to candid interviews with
Veeck revealing his indomitable spirit and zest
for life, the film incorporates historic footage
of Comiskey Park, Wrigley Field, and many of the
promotions that Veeck was famous for creating.
Other film footage to be shown includes a
collection of commentaries Veeck did from a bar
stool on the Emmy Award-winning television show,
in 1984-85, and clips from a rare interview with
Veeck in the 1960s filmed at his home in Easton,
Maryland by a Cleveland television crew.
A book signing will conclude the day’s
festivities from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Authors featured will include Paul
Dickson, signing copies of
Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick, and
John Schulian, signing copies of
They Even Shook Your Hand: Portraits of
Champions Who Walked Among Us and
of the Long-ball Gods: Dispatches from the
Disappearing Heart of Baseball, both of
which include essays on Bill Veeck.
Seating is limited and available on a
first-come, first-served basis.
All attendees are encouraged to arrive by
12:30 p.m., when the doors to the auditorium are
For further information, contact the
Baseball Reliquary by phone at (626) 791-7647 or
by e-mail at
For directions, phone the Arcadia Public
Library at (626) 821-5567 during library hour.
“VeeckFest,” which is free of charge, is made
possible, in part, by a grant to the Baseball
Reliquary from the Los Angeles County Board of
Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts
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