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The Baseball Reliquary Presents

Sunday, July 15, 2012 ~ 2:00 p.m.

Donald R. Wright Auditorium
Pasadena Central Library
285 E. Walnut Street, Pasadena, California

            The Baseball Reliquary will present the 2012 Induction Day ceremony for its fourteenth class of electees to the Shrine of the Eternals on Sunday, July 15, 2012, beginning at 2:00 p.m., at the Donald R. Wright Auditorium in the Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut Street, Pasadena, California.  As seating is limited, we encourage all attendees to arrive by 1:30 p.m. when the auditorium doors open; admission is open to the public and free of charge.  The inductees will be Dr. Frank Jobe, Jim “Mudcat” Grant, and Luis Tiant.  The keynote address will be delivered by Kelly Candaele.  In addition, the Baseball Reliquary will honor the recipients of the 2012 Hilda Award, Arnold Hano, and the 2012 Tony Salin Memorial Award, Dave Kelly.
The festivities will commence with an Induction Day tradition, the ceremonial bell ringing in honor of the late Brooklyn Dodgers fan Hilda Chester; everyone who attends is encouraged to bring a bell to ring for the occasion.
For further information, contact the Baseball Reliquary by phone at (626) 791-7647 or by e-mail at  The 2012 Induction Day is co-sponsored by the Pasadena Public Library and is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
Following is a brief overview of the day’s activities:

            The National Anthem, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” and “There Used to Be a Ballpark” will be performed by AMERICAN PASTIME, a barbershop quartet featuring Tom Moore (Lead), Graham Pence (Tenor), Scott Kidder (Baritone), and Joe D’Amore (Bass).  American Pastime has performed in shows with the internationally renowned Masters of Harmony, and its members have won numerous medals in other quartets.
The musical segment will be followed by the presentation of the 2012 Hilda Award to ARNOLD HANO. The Hilda Award, established in memory of legendary Brooklyn Dodgers fan Hilda Chester, recognizes distinguished service to the game by a baseball fan.  Hano has been a baseball fan since he attended his first game in New York in 1926 and has witnessed some memorable moments in baseball history, including Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series and Sandy Koufax’s first no-hitter in 1962 at Dodger Stadium.  A devotee of the bleachers, which he has always preferred over box seats, Hano was at the first game of the 1954 World Series at the Polo Grounds to see his beloved New York Giants beat the Cleveland Indians.  He got a close-up view of Willie Mays’s spectacular over-the-shoulder catch of Vic Wertz’s long drive, and turned his notes on that game into A Day in the Bleachers, one of the most celebrated baseball books ever written and one of the most enduring expressions of the meaning of fanhood.  Now 90 years young, Arnold Hano, a resident of Laguna Beach, California, will be in attendance to accept the Hilda Award.
The 2012 Tony Salin Memorial Award will be presented to DAVE KELLY.  The Tony Salin Memorial Award, named in memory of the late baseball historian and author, was established to recognize individuals for their commitment to the preservation of baseball history. Recently retired, Kelly was the “go-to” sports expert at the Library of Congress for thirty years.  He began working at the Library of Congress in 1971 as a book page, retrieving and re-shelving books for researchers.  After earning his Master’s degree in Library Science from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Kelly was appointed to a reference librarian position at the Library of Congress in 1975, later becoming the reference specialist and recommending officer for sports and recreation between 1981 and 2011.  In the latter position, Kelly assisted countless baseball authors in their research for books and articles.  Author Paul Dickson, who co-dedicated his recently published book, Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick, to Kelly, remarked that his “importance in preserving, protecting, and promulgating the history of sports in America is unequaled.”  A resident of Florida, Dave Kelly will be in attendance to accept the Tony Salin Memorial Award.
Following the award presentations, the 2012 keynote address will be delivered by KELLY CANDAELE, a writer, filmmaker, professor, and elected official in Los Angeles.  For the past ten years, he has written extensively for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, The Nation magazine, and the International Herald Tribune.  His journalistic work has focused primarily on the conflict in Northern Ireland, political developments in Los Angeles, history, culture, and baseball.  Candaele has produced and directed a number of documentary films, including A League of Their Own, about his mother’s years as a professional baseball player in the 1940s.  He wrote the story for the Columbia Pictures feature film about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League which starred Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, and Madonna.  His brother Casey played for parts of ten years in the major leagues.  Candaele has been a lecturer in writing and leadership development at Occidental College in Los Angeles and is currently an adjunct Professor of Communications at California State University, Chico.
The keynote address will be followed by the formal induction of the 2012 class of electees to the Baseball Reliquary.  DR. FRANK JOBE is the renowned orthopedic surgeon who revolutionized the medical care and prolonged the careers of baseball pitchers with his groundbreaking tendon transplant procedure now known as the “Tommy John” surgery.  In 1974, Dodgers pitcher Tommy John was diagnosed with a torn ligament in his left (pitching) elbow, apparently ending his career.  In an experimental surgery, which he estimated at the time as having 1% odds for a successful outcome, Jobe transplanted a tendon from John’s right forearm to his left elbow.  After more than a year of rehabilitation, John and his bionic arm returned to the mound, where he pitched for 14 more seasons and racked up 164 of his 288 career victories before retiring at the age of 46.  Today, the procedure is commonplace among professional and amateur pitchers.  Jobe performed hundreds of Tommy John surgeries himself, and nearly 200 major leaguers – not all of them pitchers – have had their careers extended by the procedure.  Now 86 years of age, Jobe has retired from his medical practice but still consults with patients and doctors at the famed Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles, and serves as special advisor to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Dr. Jobe’s induction will be introduced by TOMMY JOHN, 38 years after the two made medical history.  After a long and grueling rehabilitation from the pioneering surgery named after him, John returned to the mound with the Dodgers in 1976, completing 207 innings, recording 10 wins with a 3.09 ERA, and receiving both the National League Comeback Player of the Year Award and the Fred Hutchinson Award for Outstanding Character and Courage.
One of baseball’s greatest ambassadors, JIM “MUDCAT” GRANT was the first African American to win 20 games in a season, with 21 wins for the 1965 American League champion Minnesota Twins.  During a 14-year major league career (1958-1971), spent mostly with Cleveland and Minnesota, Grant won 145 games and saved 53 others, but the native of Lacoochee, Florida was as prized for his community leadership and humanitarianism as he was for his competitive skills.  Sporting a killer set of muttonchop sideburns, the stylish swinger led his own musical group called Mudcat and the Kittens.  Grant has written and published his own poetry, in addition to a book, The Black Aces, which chronicles outstanding African-American hurlers and their stories of triumphs over racism.  He tirelessly promotes baseball, education, and multiple charitable and community causes nationwide, and recently returned from Cleveland where he took part in a celebration of the 65th anniversary of former roommate Larry Doby’s pioneering achievement of becoming the first African-American player in the American League.
Grant’s induction will be introduced by his longtime friend and associate, TOM SABELLICO.  A practicing attorney for 35 years and currently the Deputy Town Attorney for the Town of Oyster Bay on Long Island, New York, Sabellico has dedicated his life to youth sports, coaching baseball for 34 seasons and helping run community sports leagues for more than 20 years.  In 1998, he co-founded Winning Beyond Winning, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help young athletes understand the need to win off the field as well as on, and to prepare themselves to be contributing members of society when their competitive playing days are over.  Sabellico co-wrote I Can See Clearly Now, the autobiography of former New York Yankees pitcher Ryne Duren, in addition to co-writing The Black Aces with Mudcat Grant.  Sabellico recently announced that he is collaborating on a new book with Grant, which will be an in-depth look at Mudcat’s historic 21-win season in 1965.
One of the most popular Boston Red Sox players ever, LUIS TIANT was renowned for his practical jokes and post-game cigars in the locker room and for his natty leisure suits and mod hairpieces on the town.  The son of Luis Tiant, Sr., one of Cuba’s greatest pitchers, Luis, Jr. won 229 games in a 19-year major league career (1964-1982), baffling hitters with an unorthodox delivery which saw him swiveling practically all the way around to center field before unleashing pitches from different release points.  His breakthrough season came in 1968 with Cleveland when he went 21-9 with an American League-leading 1.60 ERA.  He won 20 games three times for Boston, and helped the Red Sox to the pennant in 1975, winning two games in the World Series, including a five-hit shutout in game one.  The gregarious “El Tiante” was one of the most respected players of his era, not only by his teammates and opposing players, but by the media and fans.  In recent years, the Luis Tiant Charitable Foundation has provided much-needed financial support to a variety of children’s charities, and to youth and family assistance programs.  Tiant was the subject of Jonathan Hock’s award-winning 2009 documentary, The Lost Son of Havana, which chronicled the retired pitcher’s return to his native Cuba after an absence of 46 years.  At the time of this press release, we do not have a firm commitment from Tiant as to whether he will be able to attend the ceremony to personally accept his induction.  An announcement will be forthcoming.


            Free parking is available in the University of Phoenix underground parking structure, which is located just north of the Pasadena Central Library on the corner of Garfield Avenue and Corson Street.  The entrance to the parking structure is on Garfield.
Although the ceremony does not begin until 2:00 p.m., we encourage attendees to arrive by 1:30 p.m. (when the doors to the auditorium open) as seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
If you arrive when the library opens at 1:00 p.m., this will allow you ample time to view the Baseball Reliquary’s exhibition, Baseball by the Books, which is being presented in the display cases in the Business Wing, Humanities Wing, and Centennial Room.