The Baseball Reliquary and the Institute for Baseball Studies will be two of more than 80 institutions and archives to be represented at the 10th Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, to be held on Saturday, October 17, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Doheny Memorial Library on the USC University Park Campus. In addition to the exhibitor displays, the free event will feature workshops, screenings, and panel discussions.
The Baseball Reliquary and the Institute for Baseball Studies will showcase a variety of artworks, artifacts, and photographs from their respective collections. Included will be artworks by Ben Sakoguchi, Greg Jezewski, and Pat Riot. Recently donated to the Reliquary by the artist, Riot’s bubblegum portrait of Dave Winfield will likely be one of the most widely-discussed works featured at the all-day event. The Institute for Baseball Studies will also spotlight several pieces from its collection of Negro Leagues memorabilia recently donated by Michael Brown.
The Reliquary and Institute will also join forces in presenting an interactive contest. Over the years, a number of ballplayers have been documented holding as many as seven, and even eight, baseballs in one hand. Hall-of-Fame catcher Johnny Bench made it into “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” for holding seven baseballs in one hand, an impressive feat but not in the same league as artist and longtime Reliquarian Greg Jezewski, who was recently photographed at the Institute for Baseball Studies holding an astonishing eight baseballs in one hand.
The Reliquary and Institute will offer Bazaar attendees the opportunity to try their hand (pun intended) at equaling or perhaps even besting Jezewski’s astounding accomplishment. A bucket of baseballs will be provided, and a contest will be held throughout the day to find the man and woman who can hold the most balls in one hand. At the end of the day, the Reliquary and Institute will award prizes to the two lucky winners. In the event of ties, we will pull names out of a hat to pick the winner. The prizes will be signed copies of 2015 Tony Salin Memorial Award recipient Gary Joseph Cieradkowski’s book, The League of Outsider Baseball: An Illustrated History of Baseball’s Forgotten Heroes. Greg Jezewski will be on hand to oversee the action and announce the winners.
The Los Angeles Archives Bazaar is presented by the USC Libraries and by L.A. as Subject, an alliance of libraries, museums, and other archival and cultural organizations. USC is minutes from downtown Los Angeles and is easily accessible by major freeways and the Metro Expo line. The Doheny Library is located in the center of the campus, adjacent to Alumni Park and across from Bovard Auditorium, on Trousdale Avenue. For more information on the 10th Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, visit the L.A. as Subject Web site at http://www.laassubject.org/.