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First Pitch to Sliding Home: A Beginner's Guide to Baseball History
Wade Berstler

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Poet Walt Whitman said of baseball, "Well, it's our game; that's the chief fact with it: America's game; it has the snap, go, fling of the American atmosphere; it belongs as much to our institutions, fits into them as significantly as our Constitution's laws; is just as important in the sum total of our historic life." Whitman stated this about baseball in 1846 and many still agree with his assessment in  2014. This lecture series will examine the ongoing love affair between baseball and the American public. Each session will be a comprehensive, engaging lecture, supplemented with video and PowerPoint, built to expand the knowledge base of everyone from the casual fan, to those who fancy themselves "experts." All attendees will leave with a deeper appreciation and understanding of "America's Game."
1. Baseball Infancy: Origins and Growing Pains
2. Baseball Comes of Age: New Leagues and the End of the Dead Ball
3. Baseball Reaches Adulthood: Babe Ruth to Free Agency
4. Baseball in a Midlife Crisis?: Where it is and Where it's going
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Wade Berstler has been a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) for the past eleven years and is also a member of The National Baseball Hall of Fame.  He is considered one of  less than 300 19th-Century  baseball scholars in the country. He has earned several degrees from Florida Atlantic University. Wade received his Ed.S. in December while working toward a doctorate in Educational Leadership in the Adult and Community Education program of Florida Atlantic University. Wade is a noted lecturer on baseball history, and is a featured lecturer at the Road Scholar Elderhostel Baseball Symposium at Stetson University.  

Time: 9:00 am - 10:45 am
Date: Fridays, February 7, 14, 21, 28
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $34 member / $54 non-member

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