Not long ago, I was seated at dinner across from a college-aged pitcher. Making small talk’s not my thing, but I gave it a go. I asked him what he was studying. “History,” he said, between bites of food. “Interesting! What era of history is your specialty?” Maybe I was the first to ever ask him that. When you’re a pitcher, people are probably more interested in your fastball than in your class schedule. He thought for a moment and finally he said, “I like studying war.”
I told him that I liked history, too, and that I often wrote about baseball history.
His eyes briefly grew big. And then he said, “Wow. I didn’t know you could do that.”
Then he went back to his dinner and that was the end of that.
I’m pretty sure he didn’t realize baseball even had a history worth knowing.
But it is worth knowing. Baseball’s long history provides a unique reflection of who we are as a nation, as a culture, as a society.
And, there’s plenty of baseball history right here in Virginia.
Join me, The Baseball Bloggess, on Monday, September 30 at the Orange County Historical Society in downtown Orange, Virginia. I’ll be talking about – what else? – baseball history …
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