Last Wednesday we had the good fortune to have Paris Hill resident and accomplished sports expert Bob Moorehead give a presentation on the birth of modern baseball and the 1919 World Series scandal. John Brooks also presented his extensive memorabilia and replica baseball jersey collection, along with a very informative talk. It was a wonderful time, well attended, and I think we all learned a lot about America’s favorite pastime.
The evening started with a gathering at our host’s, the First Baptist Church of Paris. Reverend Mary Beth Caffey greeted the attendees and gave a blessing for the food.
This was followed by a meal of what else? Hot dogs, peanuts, and Cracker Jack! Special thanks to Tony Rice for grilling the dogs.
Following the meal, John Brooks gave a very interesting presentation in the church hall about his collection of baseball jerseys and the history they represent.
For a slideshow view of the exhibit see below:
After John’s presentation it was time to go upstairs to the historic sanctuary and hear Bob Moorehead’s talk. He was introduced by our president, Nancy Schlanser, and thanked by her at the conclusion of the program. Bob’s in depth explanation of the 1919 World Series scandal demonstrated a rare depth of knowledge and understanding of the sport, its history, and…given the elements at play in the betting and “fixing” scandal…human nature itself.
We would like to thank everyone involved who made this program such a success, from our presenters to our hosts to everyone who attended. Special thanks to Carol Rice for leading us in song for “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” not once, but twice!
Did you miss this program but wish you hadn’t? We will have another history talk on August 9th. The topic is “Hannibal Hamlin, the Campaign of 1860, and its impact on Paris Hill.” For more information, please click HERE. It will also be held at the First Baptist Church of Paris at 7 PM. Come out and see us, and follow our Facebook page to keep up to date on everything we’re doing AND to play our on line Paris Hill History Hunt game. As always, we are open at the Paris Hill Historical Society building on Tremont Street every Wednesday this summer from 1 PM to 4 PM with our 2016 exhibit, “The Games People Play.”
Hope to see you soon!