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A Baseball Buffet (and Bubble Gum Portrait)

Jun 29, 2015

Babe_RuthThank you to The Baseball Reliquary for the following text…

The Baseball Reliquary presents a sumptuous feast for the eyes, “A Baseball Buffet” exhibit at Pasadena Central Library.

The exhibition incorporates a variety of themes and subject matter, utilizing photographs, artworks, and artifacts. Displays include “Culinary Baseball: Dishing Up the National Pastime,” artist Pat Riot’s bubblegum portrait of Eddie Murray, “Greg Jezewski’s Reliquary,” “Ghosts of Hoboken,” “You Could Look It Up,” and “Bingo Bango Bilko!”

Sample the dishes, or consume the full meal—we guarantee that you will leave well satisfied.   Here’s a sneak peek of the entrees to be served:

For appetizers, in the North Entry display cases, “Culinary Baseball: Dishing Up the National Pastime” explores the historic relationship between food and baseball, featuring trading cards issued to promote food products; menus, napkins, and matchbooks from restaurants owned by former ballplayers; and artifacts which could only appear in the “Culinary Wing” of the Baseball Reliquary.

In the Reading Wing, the first course spotlights a couple of displays that are truly out of left field. One case will house Los Angeles artist Pat Riot’s large portrait of Baltimore Orioles slugger and Hall of Famer Eddie Murray, made of chewed bubblegum on an aluminum panel, part of a series of artworks featuring baseball heroes from his youth. In a second case in the Reading Wing will be “Greg Jezewski’s Reliquary.”

 

Bubble gum portrait of Eddie Murray by Pat Riot

Bubble gum portrait of Eddie Murray by Pat Riot; image courtesy of The Baseball Reliquary

 

On to the Humanities Wing for the next course, the viewer will travel through another dimension into a wondrous land of baseball history. The first stop, entitled “Ghosts of Hoboken,” spotlights Hoboken, New Jersey, where the first baseball game between two organized teams took place in 1846 at Elysian Fields, just a short ferry ride from Manhattan. That game, which was played under the first written rules of modern baseball, positioned Hoboken as a baseball mecca in the mid-19th century. Then we cross over into the Twilight Zone with an homage to the Hoboken Zephyrs and a robot named Casey, who just happened to be the fastest pitcher of all-time, courtesy of the bountiful imagination of one Rod Serling.

 

Elysian Fields Illustration; courtesy of The Baseball Reliquary

Elysian Fields Illustration; courtesy of The Baseball Reliquary

 

The final entrée in the Humanities Wing, “You Could Look It Up,” is a tribute to Eddie Gaedel, the patron saint of Little Leaguers, whose one at-bat for Bill Veeck’s St. Louis Browns in 1951 is the stuff of legends. On that day in Sportsman’s Park, the 3’7” Gaedel, weighing all of 65 pounds and wearing jersey number 1/8, walked into baseball immortality.

 

FILE PHOTO AUGUST 19, 1951 -- Eddie Gaedel, a 3-foot-7 inch person, takes his famous at-bat on Aug. 19, 1951 for Bill Veeck's St. Louis Browns.  The catcher is Detroit's Bob Swift, and the umpire is Ed Hurley.

FILE PHOTO AUGUST 19, 1951 — Eddie Gaedel, a 3-foot-7 inch person, takes his famous at-bat on Aug. 19, 1951 for Bill Veeck’s St. Louis Browns. The catcher is Detroit’s Bob Swift, and the umpire is Ed Hurley.

 

Dessert will be provided in the Centennial Room, where “Bingo Bango Bilko!” highlights the life and times of Los Angeles baseball luminary Steve Bilko, who will be inducted into the Baseball Reliquary’s Shrine of the Eternals on July 19.

 

Sgt. Bilko Brand by Ben Sakoguchi; image courtesy of The Baseball Reliquary

Sgt. Bilko Brand by Ben Sakoguchi; image courtesy of The Baseball Reliquary

 

 

A Baseball Buffet
Sunday, July 5th-July 30th
Pasadena Central Library
285 e. Walnut St., Pasadena
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Free exhibit
For more info, contact The Baseball Reliquary at terymar@earthlink.net
Or call 1.626.791.7647
For details, visit BaseballReliquary.org

 

“A Baseball Buffet” is made possible, in part, by a grant to the Baseball Reliquary from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

 

April 16, 1962: Slugger Steve Bilko blows bubbles during ceremonies at City Hall for the Los Angeles Angels. This photo was published in the April 17, 1962 Los Angeles Times.

April 16, 1962: Slugger Steve Bilko blows bubbles during ceremonies at City Hall for the Los Angeles Angels. This photo was published in the April 17, 1962 Los Angeles Times.




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