Lunchtime Learning: Take Me Out to the Ball Game! with Charles DeMotte – Wednesday, April 17 at noon

Charles DeMotte has a long-standing interest in the history of baseball and has written on local baseball as well as producing several books on baseball subjects. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1977 and his Master’s degree from The University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1970. Dr. DeMotte was born in Ithaca, NY and currently lives in nearby Freeville, NY.

Tompkins County has a rich baseball history. Dating from the 1860s, when the first recorded games were played, baseball was the favorite local game played at all levels of society. This talk will focus on the early years of baseball in Ithaca and Tompkins County  through the World War One. At that time, baseball was truly the national pastime and fit into a pattern of life that is now lost.

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See below some of the books written by the presenter, available at the library.

Hardcover Bat, Ball, and Bible: Baseball and Sunday Observance in New York BookHardcover Baseball and American Society BookPaperback American History and Baseball: Liberty, Freedom, and the National Pastime Book