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Baseball Reliquary in LA as a Model

November 21, 2016
Sponsor of the Carmelita Chorizos East Los Angeles, CA Early 1970's

Sponsor of the Carmelita Chorizeros
East Los Angeles, CA
Early 1970’s

In their own website words, the Baseball Reliquary in Los Angeles County, California exists as “a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to fostering an appreciation of American art and culture through the context of baseball history and to exploring the national pastime’s unparalleled creative possibilities. The Baseball Reliquary gladly accepts the donation of artworks and objects of historic content, provided their authenticity is well documented. The Baseball Reliquary is supported, in part, by a grant from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.”

Under the intelligent and passionate leadership of Terry Cannon, “The Reliquary” stands as a model for what many other areas on the baseball big map could be doing to research, archive, preserve, and present the culture and history of baseball in their own geographical regions – and that definitely includes what we could be doing in Houston, using our own various resources, to accomplish local preservationist goals on a more organized and focused basis. . If we could be the only major league baseball SABR area group to research and write the only exhaustive history of baseball in the Houston area, as our Larry Dierker Chapter of SABR did with “Houston Baseball: The Early Years, 1861-1961” in 2014, why could we not also reach out broader to the other baseball and historical research sources in our community and, at least, begin a dialogue on what we might improve in our local efforts.

Check out this material on the Baseball Reliquary in Los Angeles County, paying special attention to the kinds of support they’ve put together from local government and Whittier College in service to the aims they are accomplishing, especially, but not exclusively. In the land of Dodgers and Angels, and living libraries and other preservationist friendly factions, there certainly must be a weight of support for this kind of activity in a larger sprawling population area – and their own story of how they got their ball rolling in the first place could be invaluable to any other area that might be interested in a preservationist program, even if every community is always a slightly to greatly different proposition for change and new direction. Maybe finding a way to work with the Astros and their plans for a “baseball museum” could be a place to start.

Shorty Perez, Manager CARMELITA CHORIZEROS 1946-1981

Shorty Perez, Manager

Here is the link to the Baseball Reliquary’s upcoming December 3, 2016 program of recognition and honor to the Carmelita Chorizeros, one of the best semi-professional baseball clubs in the history of East Los Angeles. Both the company billboard and oil portrait of long-time manager Shorty Perez will be on display.

Simply give the material you are about to read about the Baseball Reliquary and the December 3rd program they are planning an open mind – and ask yourself this question: Would such an effort In Houston on any scale be worth your time, energy, and interest? – And please – please post whatever comments you may wish to share with the rest of us in the comment section that follows this column. It would help if we could simply find a forum for ongoing discussion of how our future with local baseball history is less fragmented than one thing for the Astros, another for the Astrodome, something else for ancient baseball history prior to the 1962 onset of our big league status, and yet another for amateur and youth baseball, and still another for the “greatest players in all of Houston’s baseball history”.

Thank you very much.

Link to the Carmelita Chorizeros Program, Dec. 3rd

Dedication of Shorty Perez Painting and Carmelita Chorizo Billboard, December 3, 2016


 Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas