From Howard Cole at L.A. Weekly on May 29, 2014, with mention of SABR member Terry Cannon:
Last week, Barack Obama became the first sitting president to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, in Cooperstown, New York. He was photographed viewing an exhibit about Jackie Robinson.
Next month in Pasadena, Jackie’s widow, Rachel Robinson, will be honored by what is a sort of West Coast version of the Hall of Fame. The Baseball Reliquary is a very different sort, in fact, one so unusual yet worthy that Northridge filmmaker Jon Leonoudakis was inspired to produce a 69-minute documentary to do it justice.
Not Exactly Cooperstown is the result, and it screens as part of the Independent Filmmaker’s Showcase Film Festival Sunday at BV Screening Rooms, 611 N. Alvarado St., at 8 p.m. Tickets are available online and at the box office.
Like the Baseball Reliquary, the documentary is a fun, at times whimsical (the unique rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” is worth the price of admission all by itself) look at the human side of baseball. Or as Bull Durham director Ron Shelton suggests, “that part of baseball in the culture that can’t be quantified in some other way.”
The Baseball Reliquary is an entirely local traveling museum, with all exhibits and events being held in Pasadena, South Pasadena, Arcadia, Burbank and Pomona. In the film, executive director Terry Cannon notes that his unpaid labor-of-love project “was created to foster an appreciation of culture through the context of baseball.”
Originally published: May 30, 2014. Last Updated: May 30, 2014.