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It’s Time To Play Ball

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Spring brings warmer weather, flowers blooming, birds chirping—and shouts of “play ball!” on fields around the country. Baseball fans count down the days until opening day, and cross their fingers that their team will still be playing in October.

Here are some baseball fun facts:

  • In 1869, The Cincinnati Red Stockings (Reds) became the first official professional team in the United States. The most recent additions to the MLB are the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Tampa Bay Rays.
  • Professional baseball began in Japan in 1934 and remains popular today.
  • Baseball will return to the Summer Olympics in 2020; its last appearance was in 2008.
  • Washington DC has had eight major league franchises. When the Washington Senators left in 1971 to become the Texas Rangers, the greater DC area was without a local team until the 2005 season, when the Montreal Expos moved and became the Washington Nationals.
  • There have been 329 individuals elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Nothing says baseball more than a bag of freshly popped popcorn, so join us on Thursday, March 28 at the Warrenton central library to celebrate the opening day of the 2019 baseball season. We’ll be handing out popcorn from noon – 3 p.m.  And while your here, be sure to browse our display of books and movies about America’s favorite pastime, or choose one of these staff favorites.

To learn more about baseball’s greatest players, consider these titles:

The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created by Jane LeavyBlack and white photo of Babe Ruth

Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero by David Maraniss (for younger readers, consider Who Was Roberto Clemente? by James Buckley Jr).

The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron by Howard Bryant (for younger readers, try Hank Aaron: Brave in Every Way by Peter Golonbrock)

The Streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr, and Baseball’s Most Historic Record by John Eisenberg

Have young baseball fans? Encourage them with these great books:

Baseball Is… by Louise Borden

Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team by Audrey Vernick

Get a Hit, Mo! by David A. Adler

The Innings and Outs of Baseball” by Jordan Brown

A Whole New Ball Game: The Story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League by Sue Macy

If you’re in the mood for a feature film, add these to your watch list:

Field of DreamsCover of Movie Field of Dreams. Kevin Costner standing in front of baseball field surrounded by corn field

42: The Jackie Robinson Story

The Pride of the Yankees

Angels in the Outfield

A League of Their Own

Jennifer Schultz Angoli, Collection Services Development Librarian

*This article first appeared in the March 27, 2019 edition of Fauquier Times

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