Before or after the Baseball Reliquary presents its annual Shrine of the Eternals induction ceremony, check out the Pasadena Central Library (285 E. Walnut, Pasadena) display called “Baseball By The Books, which runs July 3-30.
The exhibition puts a spotlight on baseball-related books, fiction and non-fiction, published since World War II, along with photographs, illustrations, artifacts and documents related to certian books.
Terry Cannon, the Baseball Reliquary executive director, says there are also short essays written about some books, including pieces by Marty Appel (on “The Glory of Their Times” by Lawrence Ritter), Jean Hastings Ardell (on “A Day in the Bleachers” by Arnold Hano), Ron Kaplan (on “The Tao of Baseball” by Go), Bruce Markusen (on “Ball Four” by Jim Bouton), Andy McCue (on “The Southpaw” by Mark Harris), and Mike Shannon (on “The Long Season” by Jim Brosnan). Other books highlighted include two of our favorites — “The Boys of Summer” by Roger Kahn, and “Baseball’s Golden Age: The Photographs of Charles M. Conlon and The Big Show,” by Neal and Constance McCabe.
Admission is free. Library hours are Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1-to-5 p.m. The exhibition, 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.
The Reliquary’s Shine of the Eternals induction is at the Pasadena Central Library on July 15 at the Donald R. Wright Auditorium.