Two Roberts Creek residents will be co-teaching an unusual class in the continuing education department of Capilano University this fall.
Gary Pennington and Matt Hartman will present the course Baseball History for 10 weeks starting Sept. 26 and ending Dec. 5.
The Thursday night sessions will last for two hours each week, from 7 to 9 p.m., and will cover such topics as: Who really invented baseball? In what ways is the game today different from other periods? The “international aspects” of baseball — its popularity in Canada, Japan and Latin America The sociology of baseball. Its role in racial integration in the U.S. and the legacy of Jackie Robinson.
No prior knowledge of the game is required. The course is not aimed at a particular age group or gender. Young men as well as seniors are encouraged to enroll. Women are welcome.
Pennington has taught at UBC, in Australia and in New Zealand. He is a professor emeritus at UBC. He has played professional baseball for many years as well as been involved with youth baseball.
Hartman was born in New York City and lived there while it was home to three major league teams — Yankees, Dodgers and Giants. He remembers memorizing the names, positions and batting averages of dozens of players. He is a librarian emeritus at UBC.
The course will be announced in the Capilano University calendar which is in today’s (Aug. 23) print edition of Coast Reporter.