The Baseball Reliquary is a nonprofit, educational organization "dedicated to fostering an appreciation of American art and culture through the context of baseball history and to exploring the national pastime’s unparalleled creative possibilities." The Reliquary was founded in 1996 in Monrovia, California and is funded in part by a grant from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
Throughout the year, the Reliquary organizes and presents artistic and historical exhibitions relating to baseball. Recent exhibitions (as of 2007) include a history of Mexican-American baseball in Los Angeles, a detailed replica of Ebbets Field, and a screening of the film The Emerald Diamond about the Irish national baseball team.
Shrine of the EternalsEdit
Since 1999, members of the Baseball Reliquary have elected three individuals annually to their "Shrine of the Eternals." The Shrine is similar in concept to the annual elections held at the Baseball Hall of Fame, but differs philosophically in that statistical accomplishment is not a criterion for election. Rather, the Shrine’s annual ballot is composed of individuals – from the obscure to the well known – who have altered the baseball world in ways that supersede statistics. The definition of "individuals" is not restricted to humans; the 2017 induction class included the Peanuts character Charlie Brown.
The Baseball Reliquary lists the criteria for election to the Shrine of the Eternals as:
- the distinctiveness of play (good or bad)
- the uniqueness of character and personality
- the imprint that the individual has made upon the baseball landscape
Inductees (as of 2019)
The Hilda AwardEdit
Named in memory of legendary Brooklyn Dodgers baseball fan Hilda Chester, the Hilda Award recognizes distinguished service by a baseball fan. The award is an old cowbell, Hilda Chester’s signature noisemaker. The Hilda is awarded annually, on the Shrine of the Eternals Induction Day.
Recipients (as of 2019)
Tony Salin Memorial AwardEdit
In 2002, the Reliquary established the Tony Salin Memorial Award, after the baseball historian and researcher of that name, to honor individuals for their work in preserving baseball history.
Recipients (as of 2019)
- Robert Santelli & Jenna Santelli (2010). The Baseball Fan's Bucket List: 162 Things You Must Do, See, Get, and Experience Before You Die. Running Press. p. 216. ISBN 9780762440313. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
- Josh Pahigian (2015). 101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 176–178. ISBN 9781493016471. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
- "Past Eventa" Baseball Reliquary website
- "Events" Baseball Reliquary website
- Cannon, Terry (July 16, 2017). "Shrine of the Eternals Induction Day: July 16, 2017". Baseball Reliquary. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
- "Shrine of the Eternals (Alphabetical List of Inductees)" Baseball Reliquary website
- "The Shrine of the Eternals Induction Ceremony, July 2019" Baseball Reliquary website
- "Hilda Award Recipients" Baseball Reliquary website
- "Tony Salin Memorial Award Recipients" Baseball Reliquary website