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Join local resident and baseball historian Robert Mayer on zoom for an illustrative review of the Roots of Baseball. With the help of historical photos and baseball memorabilia, take a trip back in time to the early days of baseball and explore the impact on and by African Americans. The talk will also be covering; early black baseball pioneers and the hardships they faced, the professional players all the way up until the Negro Leagues, barnstorming teams and the 1905 Asylum BBC vs the Cuban X Giants game in Middletown NY.
Bob is a collector of vintage baseball items, and artifacts from his collection were on display at the Glory Days exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, the Yorktown NY Museum and the Orangetown NY, Peekskill NY and Putnam County History Museums.
A member of Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and the Baseball Hall of Fame, Bob has been investigating early baseball in Westchester, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster and Putnam Counties in New York. Particular focus has been the teams and players on the Wallkill B.B.C. and New York State Homeopathic Asylum teams that played in Middletown NY between 1866 and 1908, and Black Barnstorming teams that came through lower New York prior to 1900.
Mr. Mayer serves on the Board of Directors of the Middletown Historical Society and is a past President and Treasurer of the Peekskill Museum.
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