Monday, July 25, 2011

Maury Wills & The San Diego Chicken @ The Shrine of the Eternals

On July 17, I attended Baseball Reliquary's 13th annual Induction Day ceremony for the Shrine of the Eternals at the beautiful Pasadena Central library. {linked here}

A standing-room-only crowd of 200 witnessed the inductions of Ted Giannoulas, Pete Gray, and Maury Wills as the 37th, 38th, and 39th members of the Shrine of the Eternals.

The Baseball Reliquary is 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 Reliquary was founded in 1996 in Monrovia, California and is funded in part by a grant from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Here's pictures and videos that I shot.

Terry Cannon, Executive Director of the Baseball Reliquary.

Jon Leonoudakis did a fine job with the National Anthem.

The San Diego Chicken.

From the Baseball Reliquary site - {linked here}

Hatched in 1974, TED GIANNOULAS is one of baseball’s greatest entertainers as The San Diego Chicken (or The Famous Chicken), the most popular and iconic of the mascots that became staples of major league baseball teams in the 1970s.  In 1974, while a student at San Diego State University, Giannoulas took a $2-an-hour job during spring break, wearing a rented chicken suit for local radio station KGB-FM and passing out promotional eggs at the San Diego Zoo.  That gig was so successful that he decided to give the act a try at home games of the San Diego Padres, who were so woeful that they were willing to consider just about anything to boost attendance.  In no time at all, the Chicken was running circles around the Padres’ then-mascot, the pudgy and balding Swinging Friar.

Video - The San Diego Chicken accepting his award.

Former Dodgers General Manager Fred Claire speaks to the crowd.

Video 1

Video 2

Video 3

Maury Wills was very happy. He brought his family for this special day. He's not in Cooperstown but now he's part of Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of Eternals.

Video - Maury Wills speaks.

Looking forward to next years event! Thanks to Baseball Reliquary for a nice afternoon.

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