In honor of spring training *

Mother Teresa ballsAs of today, new names eligible for election to The Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of the Eternals include the creator of Strat-o-Matic, a one-eyed umpire, the Hobo Roy Hobbs and the late Gene Mauch. Players of note include ex-Dodger Mike Marshall (the unpleasant pitcher, not the mediocre outfielder), ex-Angel Ryne Duren and le Grand Orange. Holdovers on the ballot include immortal one-namers Yogi, Casey, Buckner, Zimmer, Tug, Bobo and Mudcat, plus the diamond star whose San Diego phone book listing read simply Chicken, The.

Among the previously enshrined in lovely downtown Monrovia are a Dummy, a Spaceman, a Minnie, a Moe, a Satchel and a Dock. After all, hurling a no-hitter on LSD should get you elected to something. But really, can any baseball lore-a-torium call itself the real thing without Yogi in the house?

Also: Winter Ball, an art exhibition at LACC until March 4.

* Wednesday addendum: Pitcher Jeff Weaver jumps from the Dodgers to the Angels.

Photo of baseballs signed 'Mother Teresa' by Larry Goren.


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