Baseball: America's National Pastime
When Library staff, Christina McGowan and Susan Marcin, decided to put on a summer exhibit about baseball, they scarcely imagined the outpouring of suggestions and items for loan that would come from faculty and staff across the University. There was an excitement in the air from the beginning about this exhibit. "People seemed excited that we chose this as a subject for a Library exhibit," said McGowan, "and they were thrilled to be involved in any way that they could." Is it any wonder that baseball is America's national pastime?
Now in place and running through August 2007, the exhibit features baseball memorabilia, such as an autographed jacket by the 1998 World Series Champion New York Yankees, a signed Ted Williams hat, autographed baseballs, plus much more. "We even have some original artwork," said Marcin excitedly. The Library's baseball book & movie collection, including faculty and staff picks, are also highlighted in the exhibit and are available for checkout.
Please stop by the DiMenna-Nyselius Library to see the summer exhibit highlighting the library's own collection of baseball books and films as well as some real treasures.
Additionally, there is a wealth of information online about topics covered in this exhibit, including:
- A talk with Gai Berlage, author of Women in Baseball: The Forgotten History. Berlage is a professor of sociology at Iona College.
Real Audio 28.8 (29:02 - June 5, 2000 air date - Source)
The program contains an op-ed by author David McGimpsey which looks at the place of American baseball in popular culture.
- The companion website to Ken Burns video series "Baseball" http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/baseball/
Video series owned by the Library.
- National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Reminder: The Library exhibit space is available to the University at large. If you are interested in creating an exhibit for the Library, please call (203) 254-4000 ext. 2587 or e-mail Jackie Kremer.