Monday, April 16, 2012

Nine Innings of Bronx Baseball Exhibition at the Bronx Museum of the Arts

Here is a whole list of great events for and about our borough. There is a lot being offered so I hope the community finds time to take advantage of the programs planned.



April 13 - May 13, 2012
Baseball in the Bronx
Nine Innings of Bronx Baseball
Opening Reception: Friday April 13, 5-8pm

Baseball has played a central role in the lives of Bronx residents for generations. People of all ages and backgrounds call the Bronx home and embrace the game. The sport and the borough grew simultaneously and both continue to evolve in the twenty-first century. Each of nine “innings” that make up the Baseball in the Bronx exhibition portrays a different aspect of the game. It begins with the Unions, who played in Morrisania in the 19th Century, and with Esteban Bellan, the first professional Latin American baseball player who was a student at Fordham University in 1863. The exhibit also includes material about:

• Bronx Little League teams from Hunts Point, Crotona, Riverdale and Van Nest
• College baseball at Fordham and NYU
• Baseball alumni from the Bronx
• The ninth and final inning of the exhibit features family photographs from the 1950s to the present day, submitted by the public through an open call.

Starting April 13, a TROLLEY will run from the businesses along River Avenue and across 161 St to the Bronx Museum, and back to Yankee Stadium - courtesy of the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation and SBS’ Avenue NYC program.

Sunday, April 15, 3 PM
Talk and book signing with Arlene Howard and Ralph Wimbish, coauthors of the memoir Elston and Me: The Story of the First Black Yankee, University of Missouri, 2001. New York City Councilwoman Helen Foster will be on hand to open the event.

Monday, April 16, 3 PM
Talk and book signing with Kostya Kennedy, sportswriter and author of the book 56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports, Sports Illustrated, 2011. New York City Councilman James Vacca will open the event.

Tuesday, April 17, 3 PM
Talk and book signing with New York Times sports columnist George Vecsey, author of Stan Musial: An American Life, ESPN, 2011.

Wednesday, April 18, 5 PM
Talk and book signing with ESPN senior writer Howard Bryant, The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron, Pantheon, 2010. Howie Evans, Sports Editor at the NY Amsterdam News, will participate in the event.

Thursday, April 19, 5 PM
Historian Dr. George Kirsch of Manhattan College and Bronx Borough Historian Lloyd Ultan will speak about the history of Bronx baseball.

Saturday, April 21, 11 AM
Locked Out of the Locker Room, a talk by Melissa Ludtke, formerly of Sports Illustrated. NY State Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson will be on hand to open the event.

Friday, April 27, 3 PM
Actor Angelis Perez Soto will introduce the film Sugar, Sony Pictures Classics, 2008. NY State Senator Adriano Espaillat will open the event.

Monday, April 30, 3 PM
Talk and book signing with New York Times sports journalist Bob Lipsyte, An Accidental Sportswriter: A Memoir, Ecco, 2011.

Baseball in the Bronx: Nine Innings of Bronx Baseball featured in Arts Beat section of the New York Times

This exhibit is produced by the 161 Street Business Improvement District and The Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Baseball in the Bronx is generously supported by The NYC Department of Small Business Services' Avenue NYC Program, the New York Yankees Foundation, The Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, and Sparrow Construction.

Baseball in the Bronx owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Ricky Martinez and Mrs. Arlene Howard. They have generously shared their private collections of Negro League and Major League artworks, artifacts, autographs, photos and a film.