Former Dodger outfielder Glenn Burke has been elected to the Baseball Reliquary’s Shrine of the Eternals, along with legendary local minor-leaguer Steve Bilko and baseball cards godfather Sy Berger.
The trio will join 48 others who have been inducted into the Shrine of the Eternals since elections began in 1999, including such Dodger family members as Dick Allen, Bill Buckner, Roberto Clemente, Jim Eisenreich, Jim “Mudcat” Grant, Dr. Frank Jobe, Manny Mota, Lefty O’Doul, Jackie Robinson, Rachel Robinson, Casey Stengel, Fernando Valenzuela, Maury Wills and Don Zimmer.
“Criteria for election shall be: the distinctiveness of play (good or bad); the uniqueness of character and personality; and the imprint that the individual has made on the baseball landscape,” according to the Baseball Reliquary website. “Electees, both on and off the diamond, shall have been responsible for developing baseball in one or more of the following ways: through athletic and/or business achievements; in terms of its larger cultural and sociological impact as a mass entertainment; and as an arena for the human imagination.”
Among those finishing in the top 10 in voting percentage this year was Charlie Brown.