Event | Special Events Baseball Americana Family Day

Date and Location

Part of Baseball Americana

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The Library presents a day filled with baseball-themed events for visitors of all ages. All events are free, and tickets are available where noted, but are not required. Tours of the “Baseball Americana” exhibition will be available at 10 a.m. and noon.

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Contact: (202) 707-8000.

Schedule

10 a.m. - noon Vintage Baseball Clinic

Location: North Lawn, Thomas Jefferson Building
Vintage baseball is baseball played to the rules of play from the 19th century. Join vintage players from the Diamond State Base Ball Club for drop-in instruction on baseball rules from 1864 and opportunities to handle equipment from the period.
10:30 a.m. Baseball Story Time
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building

The Young Readers Center presents a baseball-themed story time with books, songs and activities for children ages 3 and up.

11 a.m. -11:50 a.m. "Black Diamond:" A Play from Smithsonian's Discovery Theater

Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Follow the struggles and triumphs of pioneering African-American baseball players Moses "Fleet" Walker, who became the game's first black pro in the 1880s; Andrew "Rube" Foster, hailed as the father of black baseball; power hitter Josh "Spitfire" Gibson; athlete-philosopher Satchel Paige; and a young Jackie Robinson, who first integrated the major leagues. Recommended for ages 5 to 12.

Tickets are available for this free event, but not required. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit this event ticketing site, loc-black-diamond.eventbrite.com, for more information and to secure your ticket.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bat-Making Demonstration

Location: Thomas Jefferson Building Terrace
Local batmaker Juan Baret will demonstrate the craft of bat making in an ongoing, drop-in presentation.

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. "The Origins of the Modern Game: The Laws of Base Ball"

Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
John Thorn, the official historian of Major League Baseball, will discuss original documents from the landmark 1857 meeting of New York baseball clubs that established the rules of the modern game. Recently rediscovered, the "Laws of Base Ball" manuscripts will be on view in "Baseball Americana" in their first major exhibition.

Tickets are available for this free event on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit this event ticketing site, loc-thorn.eventbrite.com, for more information and to secure your ticket.

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