SoCal Celebrates Gaedel Tomorrow, Aug. 19

“Eddie Gaedel Day” Celebration, August 19, 2017, Arcadia, California

By on July 26, 2017 in news

L.A. Chapter of the Eddie Gaedel Society to Honor Baseball’s Mighty Mite

WHERE: Matt Denny’s Ale House Restaurant, Library Room, 145 E. Huntington Drive, Arcadia 91006. Phone (626) 462-0250. Parking available in lot and on street.  Walking

Eddie Gaedel, August 19, 1951, Sportsman’s Park, St. Louis.

distance from Arcadia Gold Line station. Free and open to the public (food and drink extra). Space is limited to 25 attendees, so arrive early!

WHEN: Saturday, August 19, 2017, 7:00-9:30 p.m.

CONTACT: Jon Leonoudakis, President, Eddie Gaedel Society Los Angeles Chapter: jbgreeksf24@gmail.com, (818) 886-2998.

The Los Angeles Chapter of the Eddie Gaedel Society will gather at Matt Denny’s Ale House Restaurant, 145 E. Huntington Drive in Arcadia, where the annual “Eddie Gaedel Day” festivities will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. The event celebrates the life and times of Eddie Gaedel (1925-1961), who at 3’7” and 65 pounds was the shortest and lightest player ever to step to the plate in the major leagues.

The Gaedel Society has chapters stretching from Spokane, Washington to Dublin, Ireland. The Los Angeles Chapter collaborates with the Pasadena-based Baseball Reliquary to curate this unique event.

“Brownie Brand,” painting by Ben Sakoguchi, in the collection of the Baseball Reliquary.

“We honor baseball’s biggest little hitter annually on August 19 to celebrate Gaedel’s major league at-bat on August 19, 1951, at Sportsman’s Park, St. Louis,” said Jon Leonoudakis, President of the L.A. Chapter. “We’ll be gathering in the Library Room at Matt Denny’s to raise a glass to Eddie, to tell stories, and to challenge attendees with a special trivia quiz featuring small prizes.  If we’re lucky, Eddie’s athletic supporter will make an appearance, courtesy of the Baseball Reliquary. There are also rumors that a rare holy card of Eddie will be distributed to attendees while supplies last.”

This is the third time around the basepaths to honor Eddie after the Los Angeles Chapter was established in 2015. “We had a great crowd last year, which included members of the Hollywood Shorties basketball team,” said Leonoudakis. “It was a festive event, bonding baseball fans, culture vultures, and students of history, just as Eddie would’ve liked.”

All are invited for a memorable evening of small talk, short speeches, and half-pint beers, and to join in the group’s mantra, “Take a Walk, Eddie!”

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See The Baseball Reliquary website for further details:

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

As a long time supporter and now as a member, The Pecan Park Eagle fully supports the creative wide-ranging efforts of The Baseball Reliquary to preserve and foster interest in the preservation of baseball history. Please give this effort your ow serious openness to learning more about their efforts and your own possible interest in becoming a connected contributor to the cause. For the best snapshot on activities and your own interests, please contact Executive Director Terry Cannon for further exploration.

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

Come on. Let’s play ball and celebrate the myriad ways we do it. From here to the crack of doom.

Regards, Bill McCurdy, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

and brand new Baseball Reliquary member.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST STANDINGS

THRU GAMES OF THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2017

RANK AL WEST W L PCT. GB
1 ASTROS 74 47 .612  
2 ANGELS 62 59 .512 12.0
3 MARINERS 61 61 .500 13.5
4 RANGERS 60 60 .500 13.5
5 ATHLETICS 53 68 .438 21.0

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST GAME SCORES

THRU GAMES OF THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2017 

DIAMONDBACKS 4 – ASTROS 0. 

RANGERS 9 – WHITE SOX 8. 

MARINERS (DAY OFF, SHORE LEAVE)

ANGELS (DAY OFF, CHOIR PRACTICE)

ATHLETICS (DAY OFF, YOGA CLASSES)

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AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING AVERAGE LEADERS

THRU GAMES OF THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2017

RANK PLAYER TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
1 JOSE ALTUVE HOU 463 167 35 3 18 .361
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 334 104 22 0 20 .311
6 DIDI GREGORIUS NYY 380 118 19 0 18 .311
7 JOSE RAMERIZ CLE 452 139 38 5 18 .308
8 AVISAIL GARCIA CWS 368 113 21 3 13 .307
9 GEORGE SPRINGER HOU 401 123 23 0 28 .307
10 DUSTIN PEDROIA BOS 340 103 17 0 6 .303
  (Other Astros Below)    
19 JOSH REDDICK HOU 373 110 25 3 12 .295
20 YULI GURRIEL HOU 418 123 33 1 15 .294
40 ALEX BREGMAN HOU 401 109 29 5 13 .272

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

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