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Exhibition Baseball Americana

Events & Resources

Please see the Library’s public events calendar for a schedule of ongoing tours, talks, and other activities related to baseball.

Gallery Talks

These 30-minute talks are led by Library staff and highlight selected items on display in the Baseball Americana gallery. All talks take place inside the exhibition, South Gallery, Second Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. No tickets or reservations are required.

Latinos in Baseball

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018 at 12 – 12:30 p.m.

Many immigrants find in baseball a sense of belonging. Nearly 30 percent of baseball players in the major leagues today are foreign born and players from Latin America and the Caribbean have contributed to the success of America's national pastime. Join Hispanic Division Specialists Tracy North and Talía Guzman-Gonzalez to explore the Library's resources and learn more about Latinos in baseball.

Jackie Robinson at 100

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, 11-11:30 a.m.

On the centennial of Jackie Robinson's birth, Manuscript Division specialist Jeff Flannery will discuss Robinson's life and legacy as represented by his papers and those of Branch Rickey. Both collections are held in the Library's Manuscript Division.

Satchel Paige and the Negro Leagues

Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, 11-11:30 a.m.

In honor of African American History Month, Reference Librarian Darren Jones will discuss the legendary Satchel Paige and will examine the story of the Negro Leagues through his remarkable career.

The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League

Friday, Mar. 15, 2019, 11-11:30 a.m.

In honor of Women's History Month, Baseball Americana exhibition curator Susan Reyburn will discuss the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, the WWII-era women's baseball league made famous by the film A League of Their Own.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Friday, Mar. 29, 2019, 11-11:30 a.m.

In honor of Women's History Month and Major League Baseball's Opening Day, Music Division specialist Susan Clermont will examine the feminist origins of the baseball classic Take Me Out to the Ballgame.

Book Talks

In honor of the start of the World Series, and the exhibition Baseball Americana, the Exhibits Office, in collaboration with the Publishing Office and Researcher and Reference Services, will host a series of book talks by local authors on baseball-related topics. Book signings will follow each event, and tickets are recommended where noted, but are not required.

Location: Whittall Pavilion, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building

Game Faces: Baseball Cards from the Library of Congress, Peter Devereaux and Phil Michel

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 12-1 p.m.

The new book Game Faces showcases rare and colorful baseball cards from the Library of Congress' Benjamin K. Edwards Collection, bringing to life an era of American history that saw the game explode in popularity.

The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created, Jane Leavy

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 2-3 p.m.

Bestselling author Jane Leavy presents her newest work, the definitive biography of Babe Ruth. Drawing from more than 250 interviews, a trove of previously untapped documents and Ruth family records, Leavy breaks through the mythology that has obscured the legend and delivers the man. Tickets are available through Eventbrite, but are not required: https://big-fella-loc.eventbrite.com External.

Tinker to Evers to Chance: The Chicago Cubs and the Dawn of Modern America, David Rapp

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 12-1 p.m.

Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers and Frank Chance formed the defensive core of the most formidable team in big league baseball, leading the Chicago Cubs to two World Series championships from 1906 to 1910. Tinker to Evers to Chance is a rare look at one of baseball's first dynasties in action.

Panel Discussion

Baseball in Black and White: Newspaper Sportswriters on Reporting the National Pastime

Thursday, Nov. 8, 12-1 p.m.

Location: Whittall Pavilion, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building

Baseball sportswriters Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun and Greg Swatek of The Frederick News-Post discuss their work covering baseball at the local, regional and national levels.

Tours

Public tours of the exhibition will be available Wednesdays through Fridays at 11 a.m. and Saturdays at 1 p.m. Reserved tours for groups of 10 or more can be arranged by emailing [email protected].

Online Resources

Baseball Resources at the Library of Congress
Baseball Resources at the Library of Congress is a guide to baseball-related materials available on the Library's website and in its physical collections. The breadth and depth of materials highlighted will appeal to baseball researchers, while casual and diehard fans alike will find many digitized items documenting the history of baseball to fuel their passion for the game.

Teacher Resources

Themed Resources: Baseball
Study cultural norms and society’s values through the lens of baseball

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Read More About It

  • Block, David. Baseball Before We Knew It: A Search for the Roots of the Game. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005.
  • Dickson, Paul. The Dickson Baseball Dictionary. 3rd ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Co, 2009.
  • Casway, Jerrold I. The Culture and Ethnicity of Nineteenth Century Baseball. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Co., 2017.
  • Flood, Curt. The Way It Is. New York: Trident Press, 1971.
  • Katz, Harry, et al. Baseball Americana: Treasures from the Library of Congress. New York: Smithsonian Books/HarperCollins, 2009, 2018.
  • Lewis, Michael. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2003.
  • Lowenfish, Lee. Branch Rickey: Baseball’s Ferocious Gentleman. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009.
  • Luke, Bob. The Most Famous Woman in Baseball: Effa Manley and the Negro Leagues. Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books, 2011.
  • Mucciarone, Monica. Alexander Cartwright: The Life Behind the Baseball Legend. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009.
  • Murphy, Cait. Crazy ’08: How a Cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads, and Magnates Created the Greatest Year in Baseball History. New York: Smithsonian/HarperCollins, 2007.
  • Perelman, Josh, ed. Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American. Philadelpia: National Museum of American Jewish History, 2014.
  • Ring, Jennifer. Stolen Bases: Why American Girls Don’t Play Baseball. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009.
  • Robinson, Craig. Flip Flop Fly Ball: An Infographic Baseball Adventure. New York: Bloomsbury USA, 2011.
  • Schwarz, Alan. The Numbers Game: Baseball’s Lifelong Fascination with Statistics. New York: T. Dunne Books. 2004.
  • Thorn, John. Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2011.
  • Tye, Larry. Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend. New York: Random House. 2009.
  • Wendel, Tim and José Luis Villegas. Far From Home: Latino Baseball Players in America. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2008.

For Young Readers

  • Jeter, Derek and Paul Marshall. The Contract. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2014.
  • Herman, Gail. Who Was Jackie Robinson? New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 2011.
  • Herzog, Brad. H is for Home Run. Chelsea, Michigan: Sleeping Bear Press. 2004.
  • Kelly, David A. The Capital Catch [Ballpark Mysteries Series]. New York: Random House, 2017.
  • Macy, Sue. A Whole New Ball Game: The Story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. New York: H. Holt, 1993.
  • Mochizuki, Ken. Baseball Saved Us. New York: Lee & Low, 1993.
  • Simon, Coco. Katie, Batter Up [Cupcake Diaries Series]. New York: Simon Spotlight, 2011.
  • Sports Illustrated Kids. Full Count: Top 10 Lists of Everything in Baseball. New York: Time Home Entertainment, Inc., 2012.
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