Want an Eddie Gaedel Holy Card?

The Eddie Gaedel Holy Card

 

Preceding our usual daily Astros “homer minded” stats on the AL West division and AL league pennant races, here’s a terrific update from Terry Cannon, Executive Director of the Baseball Reliquary out in the Los Angeles area. If you happen to be in LA this coming weekend, you will want to know about plans to celebrate the 66th anniversary of little Eddie Gaedel’s one-time appearance as a lead-off batter/pinch hitter for the St. Louis Browns at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis on April 19, 1951. There’s also a great video report on the recent Induction ceremony at the Hall and a lot of other information on some interesting baseball history plans by the Reliquary this coming fall. If you would like more information, please get in touch with Terry soon. Remember. Life is short. This is no time to be bashful.

A Message from Terry Cannon of The Baseball Reliquary ~

Friends & Reliquarians:

Greetings from the Baseball Reliquary!  Our next public event will be this Saturday, August 19, beginning at 7:00 p.m.  In collaboration with the Los Angeles Chapter of the Eddie Gaedel Society, the Baseball Reliquary will present a very special celebration of the life and times of pinch-hitting legend Eddie Gaedel at Matt Denny’s Ale House Restaurant in Arcadia.  We’ll be meeting in the Library Room, which comfortably seats 25 people, so please plan to arrive early.  We have lots of interesting activities planned, including a trivia contest hosted by Jon Leonoudakis, president of the L.A. Chapter of the Eddie Gaedel Society.  We’ll also be distributing Eddie Gaedel holy cards (see attached photo) to all those in attendance.  For complete details on this Saturday’s festivities, visit:

http://www.baseballreliquary.org/2017/07/eddie-gaedel-day-celebration-august-19-2017-arcadia-california/

If you are unable to attend but would like to receive the Eddie Gaedel holy card, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: The Baseball Reliquary, P.O. Box 1850, Monrovia, CA 91017.  Unfortunately, due to the limited quantity of cards printed, this offer can only be extended to current members of the Baseball Reliquary.

We are pleased to announce that this year’s 19th annual Shrine of the Eternals Induction Day was an enormous success, and far exceeded our expectations with a SRO crowd of over 200 people on hand — many of whom said this was by far the best ceremony that they had attended.  If you visit the Baseball Reliquary Web site, you will find links to articles about the ceremony, as well as the transcripts for Dave Mesrey’s memorable keynote address and Lisa Nehus Saxon’s brilliant introduction of Vin Scully’s induction.  You can also view the official video of the ceremony on YouTube at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrULgrf6-Ag&feature=youtu.be

On the exhibition front, the Baseball Reliquary currently has a display on view through August 30 in the Humanities Wing of the Pasadena Central Library.  We are featuring a shrine to Babe Ruth and a new multimedia artwork by Greg Jezewski.

Then, from September 2-October 26, we present a brand new exhibition, “Baseball: A Global Pastime,” at the Arcadia Public Library.  On Saturday, September 23, at 2:00 p.m., in conjunction with this exhibition, the Baseball Reliquary will host a panel discussion including former major leaguer Roger Repoz discussing his experiences playing baseball in Japan, author and historian Byron Motley sharing stories about baseball in Cuba, and former international baseball scout Mark Garcia.  More details on this event will be forthcoming.

To view additional details on all the Reliquary-sponsored programming through the end of the year, visit:

http://www.baseballreliquary.org/events/

Sincerely,
Terry Cannon
Executive Director
The Baseball Reliquary
www.baseballreliquary.org

e-mail: terymar@earthlink.net

 

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST STANDINGS

THRU GAMES OF WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2017

RANK AL WEST W L PCT. GB
1 ASTROS 74 46 .617  
2 ANGELS 62 59 .512 12.5
3 MARINERS 61 61 .500 14.0
4 RANGERS 59 60 .496 14.5
5 ATHLETICS 53 68 .438 21.5

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST GAME SCORES

THRU GAMES OF WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2017 

ASTROS 9 – DIAMONDBACKS 5.

ANGELS 3 — NATIONALS 2.

MARINERS 7 – ORIOLES 6.

RANGERS 12 – TIGERS 6.

 ROYALS 7ATHLETICS 6.

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 AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING AVERAGE LEADERS

THRU GAMES OF WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2017

RANK PLAYER TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
1 JOSE ALTUVE HOU 459 167 35 3 18 .364
2 JEAN SEGURA SEA 381 122 22 1 7 .320
3 CARLOS CORREA HOU 325 104 18 1 20 .320
4 ERIC HOSMER KC 460 145 23 1 20 .315
5 MARWIN GONZALEZ HOU 330 104 22 0 20 .315
6 JOSE RAMERIZ CLE 451 139 38 5 18 .308
7 DIDI GREGORIUS NYY 377 116 19 0 18 .308
8 AVISAIL GARCIA CWS 368 113 21 3 13 .307
9 GEORGE SPRINGER HOU 398 122 23 0 28 .307
10 DUSTIN PEDROIA BOS 340 103 17 0 6 .303
  (Other Astros Below)    
18 JOSH REDDICK HOU 373 110 25 3 12 .295
19 YULI GURRIEL HOU 414 122 32 1 15 .295
36 ALEX BREGMAN HOU 397 109 29 5 13 .275

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

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3 Responses to “Want an Eddie Gaedel Holy Card?”

  1. don matlosz Says:

    How would Eddie be described in the world of political correctness?
    Vertically challenged-diminutive-Lilliputian

    • Bill McCurdy Says:

      Fair question, Dr. Matlosz. My guess is that your “vertically challenged suggestion, without the dash words that follow, has a decent chance. “Diminutive” and “Lilliputian” both might offend some as falling on the negative, judgmental side. And forget “midgets” – that assignation already has been called out as offensive by little people in great numbers.

      And how about “sociopaths”? No shouts of duress from that fairly large group. I guess they simply have no need to hide behind a phrase like “ethically challenged”.

  2. Tom Hunter Says:

    The headstone in the cemetery reads Edward C. Gaedele, the actual spelling of his surname. Apparently you have to be a member of the Baseball Reliquary to receive a holy card.

    I would like to have a Browns jersey or T-shirt with his number “1/8” on the back.

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