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The Baseball Reliquary Presents


Saturday, May 19, 2012 ~ 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.


Arcadia Public Library, 20 W. Duarte Road, Arcadia, California

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 Auditorium.  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, Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick, was the inspiration for the exhibition of the same title.  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 Chicago Sun-Times and other publications; and screenwriter/filmmaker Ken Solarz, who owns the movie rights to Veeck’s 1962 autobiography, Veeck—as in Wreck.  Other panelists may be announced.
A film screening will be held between 3:00 and 4:00 pm, which will include Veeck: A Man For Any Season, a 28-minute documentary produced and directed by Tom Weinberg and Jamie Ceaser, and originally broadcast on WTTW/Chicago in 1985.  Produced the year before he died, the documentary is an intimate portrait of the man and his world, narrated by Veeck’s wife, Mary Frances.  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, Time Out, 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 Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick, and John Schulian, signing copies of Sometimes They Even Shook Your Hand: Portraits of Champions Who Walked Among Us and Twilight 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 opened.  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 Commission.

Bill Veeck by Paul Dickson  Paul Dickson 

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