Monday, April 1, 2013

Take me out to the ballgame

It’s that time of year again. Winter is fading into a memory, and the first signs of spring are here.  Baseball 2013 opening day is April 1, marking the start of another season.

If you aren’t going to a game, or just want to immerse yourself in baseball another way, visit your nearest Fauquier County Public Library to check out a baseball-related book or DVD.

You can start by brushing up on the history of baseball with Ken Burns's DVD documentary Baseball.  Full of interesting stories, useful facts, and wonderful video footage, this series is a must-see for every baseball fan.  Geoffrey C. Ward's book Baseball: An Illustrated History is based on the Ken Burns DVD series, and is full of interesting photos.  Sports Illustrated's The Baseball Book, includes historical information on the game and biographical information on many players.

Prefer biographies to learn more about your favorite players or the games legends?  We have a large selection of books on early baseball players such as Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, well-known players such as Joe DiMaggio, Hank Aaron, and Lou Gehrig, and modern-day players such as Alex Rodriguez and Cal Ripkin.

If a movie is what you are looking for, check out these baseball movies: Field of Dreams, starring Kevin Costner as an Iowa farmer who turns his cornfield into a baseball field, and A League of Their Own, starring Tom Hanks as a coach in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League during World War II.

This is just a small portion of the baseball-related resources you can find at your local library. 

Happy baseball season, everyone!

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