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11/30/2004: A reason to plan a St. Louis Road Trip....

We also learn from Brian Walton that the travelling exhibition Baseball as America is opening at The Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis on December 19, 2004 and lasting until April 25, 2005 (actually, I learned that back last March (search for "baseball as america" if you follow the link given) from the Baseball Hall of Fame's "Inside Pitch" newsletter, but it doesn't hurt to repeat the information here). Appropriately enough, the Baseball as America website features a quote from Gerald Early:

I think there are only three things that America will be known for 2,000 years from now when they study this civilization: the Constitution, jazz music and baseball. They're the three most beautifully designed things this culture has ever produced.

Gerald Early, Scholar
Appropriate because Professor Early is himself a St. Louisan now, and holds the appointments as Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters and professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis.

At any rate, the exhibition should be well worth the price of admission. If you're anywhere within driving range of St. Louis (or if you're visiting Paradise on the Mississippi) while the exhibition is in progress, make it a point of taking it in. Sponsored (in part) by The National Baseball Hall of Fame (and featuring some exhibits from the National Baseball Museum in Cooperstown), you can consider it Cooperstown coming to you if you can't get to Cooperstown...

Len on 11.30.04 @ 10:23 AM CST

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