The Shrine of the Eternals is the brainchild of Terry Cannon, the executive director of the Baseball Reliquary, a non-profit organization that oversees the annual Shrine election. A Detroit Tigers fan who displays an oversized cardboard cutout of Sparky Anderson in his home in Pasadena, Cannon formed the Reliquary in 1996 to "foster an appreciation of American culture through the context of baseball history."
The Reliquary does not have a permanent space. But the absence of a physical building coincides with the group's overriding mission: to return a sense of imagination to the national pastime and to the fans who support it with their wallets.
"There's been very little corruption from our original vision," Cannon said. "We've stood the test of time."