Join East City Bookshop, David Rapp, Fred Frommer and Aviva Kempner for a discussion of the history and legacy of Major League Baseball, just as the All-Star game comes to Washington on July 17th. The panel will be moderated by Leslie Heaphy, Associate Professor of History at Kent State University.
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Join us on the eve of baseball’s first All-Star Game in D.C. in half a century as Society for American Baseball Research member David Rapp (author of Tinker to Evers to Chance) leads a stellar line-up of baseball experts and seers in a conversation about the intersecting destinies of baseball and American society. Bring your ideas, questions, and opinions!
This event is co-sponsored by the Baltimore / Babe Ruth chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), the University of Chicago's D.C. Alumni club, and East City Bookshop.
David Rapp has been a political journalist and publishing executive in Washington for more than 30 years. He is the former editor of "Congressional Quarterly" and "Roll Call," guiding both storied publications from print to digital publishing models. He got his start covering Indiana high school sports for his hometown Evansville Press. Rapp and his wife Lee Anne George are longtime residents of Capitol Hill.
Fred Frommer is the author several books, including "You Gotta Have Heart," recognized as “the definitive book on the history of baseball in Washington.” He is the head of Dewey Square Group’s Sports Business Practice in D.C., where he provides strategic communications services to sports clients. He has written for The Washington Post, New York Times, POLITICO Magazine and The Atlantic. Frommer previously worked for the Associated Press Washington bureau, where he covered the intersection of sports and politics.
Aviva Kempner is writer and director of the Emmy-nominated and Peabody-winning documentary, "The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg," about the Hall of Famer who faced anti-Semitism during the 1930s. She is now making a film on Moe Berg, a major league catcher who served as an undercover spy in the OSS during World War II.
Leslie Heaphy is an Associate Professor of History at Kent State University at Stark, Ohio, and publishes in the area of the Negro Leagues and women’s baseball. She is the editor of Black Baseball and Chicago (McFarland, 2006), and co-editor of Encyclopedia of Women and Baseball (2006). She has been member of the Society for America Baseball Research (SABR) since 1989 and currently serves as its vice president.