How Iowa Met Baseball: The Myths, The History, The Players
September 30 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The History, The Players, Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 1:30 PM. presented by historian John Liepa. Liepa will explore the myths regarding the “invention” of baseball, the origins and evolution of the early game in the United States and how it caught on after arriving in Iowa c.a. 1858. He will describe how the Civil War accelerated the spread of the game and Iowa’s important role in making the sport our National Game, focusing on the players from Eastern Iowa. Liepa is a historian and Professor Emeritus, Des Moines Area Community College. He brings his interest in baseball, and history to Iowans in informative lectures across our state. Liepa often does his presentations dressed as Iowa’s first major Leaguer, Cal McVey of Montrose, Iowa who played for the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings. Guests will have the opportunity to view Liepa’s extensive collection of memorabilia and cards before and after the presentation. This is the first of a series of programs about the current exhibition 150 Years of Marion Sports, which runs through April 28, 2019. Admission to the program and the exhibit is free courtesy of a grant from the McIntyre Foundation of Cedar Rapids. A reception and refreshments will be offered after the program.