Brockmire artifacts find home at Hall
Actor Hank Azaria is a longtime baseball fan, but never expected artifacts from a role he created to be on exhibit at the Hall of Fame.
“I was honored,” said Azaria in a recent telephone interview. “I’m genuinely not worthy … nor is Jim Brockmire and his alcohol-soaked jacket and microphone. But I’m glad the Hall of Fame asked. It’s pretty awesome.”
Brockmire, a television show that debuted in 2017 on IFC, follows the minor league exploits of former Kansas City Royals broadcaster Jim Brockmire. Azaria created the character that first appeared online in a 2010 Funny or Die sketch. Brockmire wore the plaid sport coat and used the microphone, donated to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum by IFC in February and on display as part of the Scribes and Mikemen exhibit, while playing the title character in the acclaimed comedy series.
In the show, Brockmire’s public breakdown forces him to the outskirts of the broadcasting world. The series takes place a decade later, as he attempts to recover his life and career. Currently in the midst of its second season, it has been announced by IFC that Brockmire has been renewed for two additional seasons, slated to air in 2019 and 2020.
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At the end of the interview, Azaria was asked what he imagined Jim Brockmire’s reaction would be to knowing his sport coat and microphone were on display at the Hall of Fame.
“Well, it’s always been a dream of his to be in the Hall of Fame. So much so that he once snuck up to a second-floor bathroom and in a handicap stall he put up a plaque of his accomplishments,” said Azaria in the Brockmire character’s voice. “While this actual honor is much more impressive and means a lot more, he’s still not going to take down his toilet plaque because he worked hard on that.”
Bill Francis is a Library Associate at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum