Batter up! The Lorain Historical Society is pleased to announce the schedule of events for the 2019 Literary Lorain program series. With a hard-hitting lineup, this week of baseball-themed events is sure to hit a home run with audiences. Join us as we run all four bases with these events that celebrate historical stories of America’s National Pastime.
All Literary Lorain programs are $5 each (payable at the door), held at the Carnegie Center from 6:30 - 8 pm. Reservations are recommended. Call 440-245-2563 or email email@example.com.
Wednesday, April 10: Historic Baseball Barriers
Say it ain’t so, Joe! Shoeless Joe Jackson was a legendary hitter, and Kelly Boyer Sagert, the author of Joe Jackson: A Biography, recounts his life from mill worker to major leaguer to a central figure in a national scandal that banned him from baseball for life. Sagert has spoken about Shoeless Joe at Jacob’s Field and the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in New York. She appeared in an ESPN2 documentary titled Top Five Reasons Not to Blame the Black Sox.
Lorain native, Cleveland attorney and baseball writer Wayne Pearsall takes us behind the scenes to baseball players who didn’t get the recognition they deserved (such as Sam Jethroe) or who ran into barriers that are quite surprising, such as Eddie Klep. Pearsall is the expert to consult on the Cleveland Buckeyes, the team that won the 1945 Negro League World Series as well as the 1947 Negro American League Championship, with most of their games played at League Park. He is also a baseball scout for Baseball Info Solutions at Akron RubberDucks games.