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July 18, 2008

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Baseball Reliquary
2008 Shrine of the Eternals Class

Buck O'Neil, Emmett Ashford and Bill Buckner are the newest members of the Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of the Eternals. They will join the 27 other members in the Shrine this weekend.

O'Neill , among other notable biographical facts, became Major League Baseball's first black coach when the Chicago Cubs signed him in 1962 (16 years after he won the Negro American League batting title).

Ashford was the first black to umpire in both the Minor and the Major leagues. He started in the Minors in 1951 eventually becoming Umpire in Chief of the Pacific Coast League. 2008 Shrine of the Eternals Class In 1966, he umpired in the American League and earned a reputation for his histrionics behind the plate and on the field. After umpiring, he became a special assistant to the Baseball Commissioner, Bowie Kuhn.

Buckner gained notoriety because of an error he made during the sixth game of the 1986 World Series in Fenway Park. He let a ball go under his legs. Fans eventually forgive. Bill Buckner threw out the first ball at Fenway Park's 2008 opening day ceremonies (not the ill-fated ball, American actor Charlie Sheen bought that for $93,500).

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 organization was started in 1996 by Terry Cannon who is currently its Executive Director (see Mr. Cannon's article on Doc Ellis, one of the first members of the Shrine). In 1999 the Reliquary created The Shrine of the Eternals. Election to the Shrine, which is an alternative to the more "traditional and conservative" Halls of Fame, is "the highest honor afforded" by the Reliquary.

Of the thirty members of the Shrine...nineteen played Major League Baseball...the Major League members of the Reliquary's Shrine represent all occidental zodiac signs, except Libra and Aries.

This year's induction ceremonies take place July 20 at the Pasadena Central Library in Pasadena, California.

July 5, 2008

Cosmic Baseball Playing Leagues
New Structure for Season 2009

The Cosmic Baseball playing leagues will be restructured and the new design will be in effect when Season 2009 opens (March 15, 2009).

The cosmic teams will be divided into two leagues. CBA will revive league names last used during Season 2003. Five teams will compete in the Overleague and an unspecified number of teams will be eligible to compete in the newly reformed Underleague. The four veteran Cosmic Baseball teams (Pisces, Beats, Dragons, and Presidents) and one additional team to be named later will constitute the five team Overleague.

June 28, 2008

The Mitchell Report to the Commissioner of Baseball

Major League Baseball
Clemens Controversy Study Group

Eileen Stein, CBA's chairwoman, authorized the formation of a Roger Clemens Controversy Study Group at the Cosmic Baseball Research Alliance. The members of the study group will examine facts without opinion and report their findings. Citing CBA's Pete Rose Controversy plate on the internet, Ms. Stein recommended the Study Group focus on the cultural issues raised by the Clemens controversy.

Many issues, moral, medical, and emotional are stirred by the allegations in the The Mitchell Report to the Commissioner of [Major League] Baseball, which alleged that Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, used illegal drugs when playing Major League Baseball. Clemens denied the allegations to a United States congressional committee but public opinion appears to favor the view that Clemens is guilty as alleged.

According to Ms. Stein, the deciding factor that led to the Study Group authorization was the fact that Clemens was born on the same day that the ex-wife of Yankee legend Joe DiMaggio died. That intersection of baseball culture with contemporary events (Clemens allegedly had an intimate affair with a country singer who has sung about Marilyn Monroe) was sufficient to enable the Study Group to do its work.

June 10, 2008

James Hampton on the Throne

Washington Presidents
Hampton Quits Field Manager Role

James Hampton, a General Services Administration janitor and noted Washington-based artist, and the Washington Presidents' field manager since last year when he replaced Karl Rove, quit today amid a storm of controversy. The tension between Hampton and his coach Dick Cheney bubbled into public view when the two were caught shouting at each other in the dugout during a home game against the Orchomena Dahlias last week. Their problems began at the end of last season (the Presidents finished 11 games out of first with a 76-86 .469 record).

Hampton's next move may be related to the Obama bid to become the next member of the team's roster. The diffident creator of The Throne of the third Heaven of the Nations' Millennium General Assembly (on display at the Smithsonian's Museum of American Art) has become an increasingly controversial character inside the confines of cosmic baseball.

The Presidents announced that Cheney would be the team's interim field manager. A permanent replacement should be named soon said a spokeswoman for team GM Martha Washington. There is, reportedly, tension between Washington and Cheney, so it is unlikely that the real Vice President of the United States will get the field manager's job on a permanent basis.

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