Elder U presents baseball history

Staff writer
March 28, 2014 01:00 AM

Hockey is winding down. Feeling bored? Need something different to do? If this describes you, you are in luck!

A new and exciting course is being presented at the ElderU at Capilano University this spring with the intriguing title: Baseball: its history, heroes, numbers and essence.

In a few months you will be able to drive or walk past almost any park in the States, and more and more in Canada, and hear the crack of the bat on the ball. The course will be taught by two Roberts Creek baseball aficionados -one a former pro ball player, the other an unapologetic fan of the much lamented Brooklyn Dodger franchise. Both are emeriti faculty at the University of British Columbia.

Baseball knowledge is not a prerequisite. Anyone with an interest is welcome to enroll.

Because it is a university course, Baseball History will be taught with references to societal issues - racial, gender-related, situational -with the sport serving mainly as the fulcrum of events from the 19th century onward.

Though much of the curriculum will be American based, there will be ample Canadian and world content. Covered will be the recent controversies over performance-enhancing drugs and other issues. There will be former players interviewed as well as videos, baseball music and opportunities to borrow baseball-related books from the instructors' extensive library.

There are still openings, but there is a maximum number of enrollments. The course runs for four sessions on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon April 25 to May 16.


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