‘Baseball by the Books’ Exhibit in California

The Baseball Reliquary presents “Baseball by the Books,” an exhibition spotlighting some of the classic baseball books, both fiction and non-fiction, published since World War II, from July 3-July 30 at the Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, Calif. The displays will be in the Humanities and Business Wings, and in the Centennial Room. The exhibition will include first-edition copies of many books which have made a significant contribution to the field of baseball literature and which are indispensable to any baseball library  Also on view will be photographs, illustrations, artifacts and documents related to the featured books.

Among the highlights of the exhibition are a series of short, original essays written by authors and historians, including 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 Veeck – as in Wreck by Bill Veeck (which was published 50 years ago next month); Eight Men Out by Eliot Asinof; The Dickson Baseball Dictionary by Paul Dickson; The Great American Baseball Card Flipping, Trading and Bubble Gum Book by Brendan C. Boyd and Fred C. Harris; The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn; and Baseball’s Golden Age: The Photographs of Charles M. Conlon and The Big Show: Charles M. Conlon’s Golden Age Baseball Photographs by Neal and Constance McCabe.  Also featured are illustrations by Mark Ulriksen for the Arion Press edition of Arnold Hano’s A Day in the Bleachers, and a selection of Scott Hannig’s original art for Mike Shannon’s graphic novel, Hutch: Baseball’s Fred Hutchinson and a Legacy of Courage, a biography of the major league pitcher and manager, one of baseball’s most beloved figures, who was stricken by fatal lung cancer at the height of his managerial career.

Library hours for the exhibition are Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. For further information, contact the Baseball Reliquary by phone at (626) 791-7647 or by e-mail at terymar@earthlink.net. For directions, phone the Pasadena Central Library at (626) 744-4066 during library hours.

The exhibition, which is free of charge, 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.

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