SHRINE OF THE ETERNALS 2012 INDUCTION DAY
Sunday, July 15, 2012 ~ 2:00 p.m.
Donald R. Wright
Pasadena Central Library
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,
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
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
For further information, contact the
Baseball Reliquary by phone at (626) 791-7647 or
by e-mail at email@example.com.
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
The National Anthem, “Take Me Out to the
Ball Game,” and “There Used to Be a Ballpark”
will be performed by
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
Dr. Jobe’s induction will be introduced
JOHN, 38 years after the two made medical
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
One of baseball’s greatest ambassadors,
“MUDCAT” GRANT was the first African
American to win 20 games in a season, with 21
wins for the 1965 American League champion
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
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,
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,
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
I Can See
Clearly Now, the autobiography of former New
York Yankees pitcher Ryne Duren, in addition to
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
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 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
Tiant was the subject of Jonathan Hock’s
award-winning 2009 documentary,
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
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,
by the Books, which is being presented in
the display cases in the Business Wing,
Humanities Wing, and Centennial Room.