PRIDE AND PASSION: THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN BASEBALL EXPERIENCE
February 24 - April 8, 2011

About the Exhibit


Photo by Jere

PRIDE AND PASSION: THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN BASEBALL EXPERIENCE

Cook Library 3rd floor
Thursday, February 24 - Friday, April, 8, 2011

Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience is a traveling exhibition which examines the challenges faced by African-American baseball players as they sought equal opportunities in their sport beginning in the post-Civil War era.

Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience, a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, New York, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office, Chicago. The traveling exhibition has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Great Ideas Brought to Life.

The traveling exhibition is based on an exhibition of the same name on permanent display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Opening Reception

PRIDE AND PASSION
OPENING RECEPTION

Cook Library 3rd floor and
Cook Library Room 507
Thursday, February 24, 4-6 p.m.

Cook Library is hosting an opening reception that features Steven Selzer, the author of
Meet the Real Joe Black: An Inspiring Life - Baseball, Teaching, Business, Giving.

Batting a Thousand: The Science Behind Baseball

BATTING A THOUSAND: THE SCIENCE BEHIND BASEBALL

Saturday Science Series
Smith Hall Room 326
Saturday, February 26, 10 a.m. and noon

What's it take to hit a home run? Come learn about the biomechanics of baseball and how we can use science to improve player performance on the field.

Kids' Kickoff Event

KIDS' KICKOFF EVENT

Cook Library 3rd floor
Saturday, February 26, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

A chance for kids to see the exhibit, meet Doc (the Towson mascott), hear stories about the Negro Leagues, and participate in other fun activities.

IN THE SHADOWS: BASEBALL'S INVISIBLE MEN

IN THE SHADOWS: BASEBALL'S INVISIBLE MEN

Administration Building Room 333
Tuesday, March 1, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

In 1947 Jackie Robinson became the first black major leaguer since Moses Fleetwood Walker, a man driven from organized baseball sixty-seven years earlier. In the interregnum between these two came tens of thousands of elite black players who were forced by legal proscription and de facto segregation to carve out a separate sphere of sport. David Zang, Professor of Kinesiology at Towson University and Walker's biographer, will address this vital aspect of America's baseball history.

Cook Library Book Club: Curveball>

COOK LIBRARY BOOK CLUB: CURVEBALL

Cook Library Room 507
Wednesday, March 2, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

In preparation for a visit by the author on March 16th, Cook Library Book Club will discuss Curveball   by Martha Ackmann.

The meeting begins with Cindy Gissendanner, Professor of History providing background on this remarkable story of the first woman to play professional baseball in the Negro League. This is followed by Librarian Lisa Sweeney who will lead attendees in a discussion about the book. Light refreshments will be served. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the University Store.

IN THE SHADOWS: BASEBALL'S INVISIBLE MEN

IN THE SHADOWS: BASEBALL'S INVISIBLE MEN

Towson Branch of Baltimore County Public Library
Saturday, March 12, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

In 1947 Jackie Robinson became the first black major leaguer since Moses Fleetwood Walker, a man driven from organized baseball sixty-seven years earlier. In the interregnum between these two came tens of thousands of elite black players who were forced by legal proscription and de facto segregation to carve out a separate sphere of sport. David Zang, Professor of Kinesiology at Towson University and Walker's biographer, will address this vital aspect of America's baseball history.

THE WOMAN BEHIND THE CURVEBALL

image of Dr. Martha Ackmann
photo by Tony Rinaldo

THE WOMAN BEHIND THE CURVEBALL

University Union Chesapeake Rooms 2&3
Wednesday, March 16, 7-9 p.m.

Dr. Martha Ackmann, journalist and author of Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League will speak about race, gender, and baseball. The lecture is sponsored by the Center for Student Diversity.

NOONTIME JAZZ IN THE LIBRARY: CELEBRATING PRIDE AND PASSION

collage image of instruments being played

NOONTIME JAZZ IN THE LIBRARY: CELEBRATING PRIDE AND PASSION

Cook Library, 3rd Floor Lobby
Tuesday, April 5, Noon - 1 p.m.

Celebrating Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience, an exhibit at Towson's Cook Library through April 8th, Towson University student jazz musicians will play pieces inspired by the game of baseball. Admission is free.

The Life, Legend and Legacy of the Deaf Baseball Star, William Ellsworth "Dummy" Hoy

baseball card image of William Ellsworth Hoy

THE LIFE LEGEND AND LEGACY OF WILLIAM ELLSWORTH HOY

Cook Library Room 507 (Towson Room)
Friday , April 8, 2011, 12-1 p.m.

Professor Rex Bishop ,College of Southern Maryland Presentation By:
Professor Rex Bishop, College of Southern Maryland of The Life, Legend and Legacy of the Deaf Baseball Star, William Ellsworth "Dummy" Hoy.

Light refreshments will be served.