Baseball, Nationalism, and the Civil War: A Lecture by George B. Kirsch
Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn)

In this lecture, professor of history and sports historian George B. Kirsch will focus on the links between early baseball and nationalism; the competition among early versions of baseball and cricket to determine which form or ball play would become the national game of the U.S; baseball in army camps and prisons of both the Union and Confederate armies and on the home front in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Boston, and Philadelphia; the Doubleday-Cooperstown myth; and the extent to which the Civil War helped to spread the New York City version of baseball across the nation during and after Reconstruction.