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It’s a Hit! Bridgeport Baseball: A Dynamic History Thursday, April 7, 2011

Posted by kabery in history, Museum, updates.


Historian Michael J. Bielawa will present an historical look at baseball in Connecticut’s largest city,  Thursday,  April  21, 2011 from Noon to 12:45 at the Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. Bielawa, author of Bridgeport Baseball, provides a dynamic look at the rich heritage of baseball in Bridgeport. The spectrum of personalities and events that Michael will discuss include Moses Fleetwood Walker, the first African American to play in the majors, James O’Rourke, the Hall of Famer who got the very first hit in National League history, local Industrial Leagues and the Immigrant experience. The expansive story of Bridgeport baseball illustrates just how the National Pastime has impacted the entire Nutmeg State.

About the Speaker
: Historian Michael J. Bielawa has written extensively about baseball. Author of several regional histories, his essays also addressed topics such as baseball symbolism in James Joyce’s, Ulysses. His award winning poetry is part of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s permanent literature collection and he is moderator for the Connecticut Humanities Council’s various baseball discussion series. Bielawa is also proud to be the driving force behind the installation of the James O’Rourke statue swinging for a base hit at Bridgeport’s Ballpark at Harbor Yard.

Bielawa’s talk is part of the State Library and Museum of Connecticut History’s Third Thursday Brown Bag Lunchtime speaker series which features a variety of speakers on various aspects of Connecticut history. All programs are free and open to the public.



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