18-310 BASEBALL: ROOTS, RULES, RULERS, ROGUES AND RAGTIME
David Cook, Mondays 2 - 4 pm
Sonoran Room, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10
This course will look at America’s favorite pastime - baseball. The development of the game, from the early attempts to its present state will be discussed. Participants will be introduced to the key players in the growth or demise of teams in organized baseball, and the influence of fans on a team’s success or failure. Also, some of the famous (and not so famous) players whose luck, attitude and ability proved influential will be examined.
What has made baseball so popular? Why did most of us grow up playing some version of backyard baseball, trading baseball cards, and singing along to the popular baseball songs? Who is the real “Father of Baseball?” How did the growth of the sport lead to current teams playing in the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues? These and other interesting questions will be explored.