“The People’s Baseball Hall of Fame” is how some describe The Baseball Reliquary’s Shrine of the Eternals, where inductees are voted in by fans of the sport. The Shrine honors a diverse archive of individuals, some of whom were never players, but who have impacted the game in various ways throughout the pastime’s storied history.
Founded in 1996, The Reliquary, which manages the Shrine of the Eternals, is a nonprofit educational organization with no ties to Major League Baseball. According to its website, the Reliquary is “dedicated to fostering an appreciation of American art and culture through the context of baseball history.”
After discovering the group in 2002, baseball fan and filmmaker Jon Leonoudakis felt compelled to capture a year in the life of The Reliquary on camera. Leonoudakis is now showcasing his work in a new documentary “Not Exactly Cooperstown,” named to distinguish the The Reliquary from the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. With the documentary, Leonoudakis explores not only the scholarly side of The Reliquary, but also the non-conformist and irreverent appreciation that many baseball fans share.
Jon Leonoudakis, producer and director of the baseball documentary, Not Exactly Cooperstown
Terry Cannon, founder and executive director of the Baseball Reliquary