Thursday, October 02, 2008

Program Announcement: Baseball on Johnson's Island (Brown-Bag Lunch Series)

Bring your lunch and join us on Wednesday, October 8, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Library Program Room. The topic will be Baseball on Johnson's Island. Ohio's First Baseball Game: Played by Confederates and Taught to Yankees? Johnson's Island Civil War Prison Camp was the site of a number of baseball games played by men held captive there. A highly organized and noteworthy game was played in August of 1864 before 3,000 spectators. This well-documented match game raises two interesting issues: this could be the first New York rules match game recorded in Ohio, and the prisoners may have taught the game to their captors. Writer and researcher John Husman will present supporting arguments based on first-hand accounts, primary news sources, and deduction. Registration is requested but not required. To register, call 419-625-3834 and press 0 to speak with a switchboard operator (9-5, Monday-Friday) or press Option 6 to leave a message

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