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Valley Relics Museum and the Bad News Bears

When I was 11 years old, for me, Saturdays were either soccer or baseball followed by a trip for burger and fries for lunch or dinner. 37 years later, little has changed.

I picked up my Beer Baseball Blog Field Correspondent Kevin Lyon at Union Station in Los Angeles and we made our way to Chatsworth, California to go to a place we had talked about for quite some time. The Valley Relics Museum located at 21630 Marilla St., Chatsworth, CA 91311.

But before that, we got a tip to go for lunch at a California historic landmark. The Munch Box (21532 Devonshire St, Chatsworth, CA 91311) was built in 1956 and declared a Los Angeles landmark in 2003. For reference, it is Historic-Cultural Monument No. 450.

The Munch Box boasts a menu that any 11-year-old in the 1970’s would love. Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, French Fries and a Coke. For extra goodness, they add chili, cheese, and onions to it all. Yeah, it’s unhealthy, but if we went and got salads it just wouldn’t be the same right?

See, we are eating like Morris Buttermaker or Mike Engleberg would. Because everything is about the Bad News Bears today. After all, it’s Bad News Bears that brought us out to the Valley in the first place. The Valley Relics Museum was rumored to have the scoreboard from the original movie on display.

Let me explain what the museum is more in depth.

The Valley Relics Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and the mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and present the history of The San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas. But to me, it is a celebration of pop culture and everything great about growing up in the 60’s-90’s

From their website, the museum boasts its vast collection of historical artifacts pertaining to the Valley abroad. The collection includes rare documents, photographs, vintage neon signs, postcards, yearbooks, negatives, clothing, books, art, automobiles, and bicycles from the Valley’s past.

From the picture gallery above you can tell it’s a cornucopia of amazingness. I joked that it was literally my childhood under one roof. It’s literally too much to see in one pass through. You have to go through a few times to process all the history you are witnessing. And there wasn’t a wasted second.

I was fortunate to meet Founder & Creator Tommy Gelinas walking around and greeting the many visitors. I had seen him most recently in a Facebook video promoting the San Fernando Valley Film Tour (link) which in itself should be a blog post. But, we’re here because the Bad News Bears movie was filmed in Chatsworth (video link) and it didn’t disappoint one bit.

So much to be seen with scattered relics from the 1976 hit movie including Lupus’ uniform, many photos, scripts, hats, uniforms, and props. And alas, we were united with the top portion of the original scoreboard. Our trip was complete and much more. Soooo satisfied.

And for those who want to know some local(-ish) Craft Beer spots to round out the tour, you should seek out:
Ladyface Ale Companie – Alehouse & Brasserie29281 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Five Threads Brewing Company31133 Via Colinas #109, Westlake Village, CA 91362
MacLeod Ale Brewing Co.14741 Calvert St, Van Nuys, CA 91411

Thank you for taking the time to read and let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Michael Mondragon – Beer Baseball Blog

PS – After this excursion, we went to Angels Stadium and watched the Angels beat the Giants 4-3. Oh and this happened up above us (video link). It’s April guys, pace yourselves.

This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. Nice job, Mike. I feel like I could read more, though. More details about your memories of the past, more details about the specific items you were drawn to more closely and why. Love the photos, links and brewery recommendations too. Again, nice job! Looking forward to the next one. -E

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