Based in Pasadena, the Baseball Reliquary includes a research archive, a traveling museum, and the Shrine of the Eternals, the organization's alternative to baseball's official Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Satchel started to play baseball straight out of the Alabama Juvenile Reform School in 1926, the same year that marked the beginning of Jim Crow laws segregating blacks, and pitched his last game in 1965.
"Why do we play ball?" That was the heady question my then 7-year-old son tossed out to me one day during an innocent game of backyard catch. As a father, anthropologist, and sports fan, I couldn't resist the call of duty to set off in search of an answer.
Ever since players began earning enough money to stuff a fleet of Brinks' trucks, the major leagues have lost something that made the game so entertaining and unpredictable -- the childlike antics, the unpredictable recklessness, the joyous mischief of baseball's now-vanishing characters.