The Baseball Reliquary and the Institute for Baseball Studies will be two of more than 80 institutions and archives to be represented at the 11th Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, to be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016, 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 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. The Reliquary will present a display on Los Angeles cult hero, three-time Pacific Coast League MVP, and 2015 Shrine of the Eternals inductee Steve Bilko. The Institute will share materials from two recent donations: photographs spanning the history of women’s baseball (from the collection of archivist John Kovach), and photographs and memorabilia from the career of pioneering African American umpire Emmett Ashford (from the collection of Ashford’s daughter, Adrienne Bratton).
In addition, Brianna Sahagian, who is working at the Institute for Baseball Studies this school year as a POET intern, will share details regarding her project to create finding aids for the Institute’s research collections. Brianna is a senior in the Whittier Scholars Program at Whittier College.
The Reliquary and the Institute will also join forces in presenting an interactive contest, the “2016 Kurt Bevacqua Bubble Gum Blowing Championship.” Forty-one years ago – on October 14, 1975 – Milwaukee Braves journeyman infielder Kurt Bevacqua won a bubble gum blowing contest sponsored by the Topps Chewing Gum Company with an 18-1/4” bubble. For the Archives Bazaar, attendees will be invited throughout the day to challenge Bevacqua’s mark and make history. Longtime Reliquarian Greg Jezewski will be on hand with a special measuring device, and the Reliquary and Institute will provide the bubble gum. Special prizes will be presented to the adult and juvenile (under 18) who blow the biggest bubbles, and at the end of the day we will crown the bubble gum blowing champion of Los Angeles. (Incidentally, we did invite Tommy Lasorda to judge the Bevacqua Bubble Gum Blowing Championship, but he graciously declined, adding, “That f**king Bevacqua still couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a f**king boat!”)
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 11th Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, visit the L.A. as Subject Web site at http://laassubject.org/archives-bazaar.