2006-03-22 / Sports

Historian tracing baseball's WWII significance

The Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution at Brookdale Community College will present an in-depth look at the significant role professional baseball played during the sacrificial years of World War II.

History Associate Professor Larry Hartzell, Howell, Brookdale's resident sports historian, will address America's national pastime on Tuesday, March 28, at two sessions. Session one will begin at noon and session two will be held at 7:30 p.m. Both will take place in the Warner Student Life Center. Parking is most convenient in lots 6, 7 and 1.

Baseball played a key role on the home front and in the heartland during the trying, burdensome and sacrificial years of World War II. The sport lifted America's spirits in a national activity. Every professional baseball season during the war aroused a new enthusiasm for the national pastime.

At Brookdale, Hartzell has taught "The History of American Sports," which investigates the origins of amateur and professional sports in America as well as their growth as cultural and corporate institutions. He has taught Introductory American, Civil War and sports history courses at Brookdale since 1993.

A former high school athlete, Hartzell has been a lifelong sports fan, attending Cincinnati Reds and University of Dayton baseball and basketball games from an early age. He is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Virginia. Though his postgraduate training was in Southern history, he was encouraged to pursue his interest in sports as well.

The event code is XWWTS 132 and the fee is $10 for adults, $5 for students. Groups are most welcome. To register, call (732) 224-2315.

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